Naam Tamilar Katchi

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Naam Tamilar Katchi
நாம் தமிழர் கட்சி (Tamil)
Abbreviation NTK
Leader Senthamizhan Seeman[1]
Founder S. P. Adithanar
Seeman
Founded 2009(Naam Tamilar Iyyakkam)
Headquarters Hospital Road, Senthil Nagar, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India[2]
Newspaper Engal Desam (Our Country),
Vel Viccu (Vel throw),
Thee (Fire)
Student wing Abdul Rawoof Manavar Pasarai
Youth wing Muthukumar Ilayar Pasarai
Women's wing Senkodi Magalir Pasarai
Ideology Tamil Nationalism
Regionalism
Left-wing nationalism
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Naam Tamilar Malaysia, Naam Tamilar France
Colours Red and Yellow
ECI Status Registered State Party[3]
National convener Senthamizhan Seeman
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 545
[4](currently 535 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Election symbol
Twin Candles
Party flag
Naam tamilar katchi flag.jpg
Website
naamtamilar.org

Naam Tamilar Katchi, (Tamil: நாம் தமிழர் கட்சி; trans. "We Tamils Party"; abbr. NTK) is a Tamil nationalist party in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. This party's main idol is V. Prabhakaran and his picture are found in all events of the party. Naam Tamilar Katchi promote Tamil Nationalism and oppose Dravidian politics in Tamil Nadu. NTK supports regional politics and opposes Indian national parties.[5]

History

First Founding

In 1958, Adithanar founded the "We Tamils" party (நாம் தமிழர் கட்சி) with the platform of forming a sovereign Tamil state. The party's stand was more radical than the Dravida Nadu demand of E. V. Ramasamy's Dravidar Kazhagam. It wanted the creation of a homogeneous Greater Tamil Nadu incorporating Tamil speaking areas of India and Sri Lanka. The party's headquarters was named Tamiḻaṉ Illam (lit. The Home of the Tamilian). In 1960, the party organised statewide protests for the secession of Madras and the establishment of a sovereign Tamil Nadu. The protests were marked by the burning of maps of India (with Tamil Nadu left out). Adithanar was arrested for organising them. The party along with M. P. Sivagnanam's Tamil Arasu Kazhagam was also involved in the movement to change the name of the state from Madras State to Tamil Nadu.[6]

Naam Tamilar Iyakkam

Following the closure of the Sri Lankan Civil War in which over 100.000[citation needed] of Tamil civilians were wiped out and over 140,000[citation needed] remaining unaccounted for, several activists in Tamil Nadu led by noted film director and Periyarism activist[citation needed] Seeman, gathered in Madurai on 18 May 2009 to revive the party as a social outfit Naam Tamilar Iyakkam (We are Tamils Organization).[7]

Second Founding

Chief-coordinator of Naam Tamilar Katchi, Seeman.

On 18 May 2010, a year after the military subjugation of the Eelam Tamils and on the first anniversary of the organisation, the Naam Tamilar Iyakkam was converted into the Naam Tamilar Katchi, with Seeman the Chief Coordinator of the Party stating that the party would be an alternate political party different from the mainstream political outfits and also claiming that the establishment of an independent Tamil Eelam would be the moral goal of not just the party but Tamils in Tamil Nadu.[8]

During the formation of the party, Seeman added that "we are not founding the Naam Tamilar party, we are continuing with what S. P. Adithanar founded."[9]

Name and Emblem

The name of the party signifies "We are Tamils" as opposed to being labelled by any caste or religion.[8] The name also emphasizes the rule of Tamils in the Tamil homeland as opposed to the prevailing 'Dravidian' and 'Indian' parties that have contributed to the downfall of the Tamil people.[10]

The NTK flag has similarity to the Flag of Tamil Eelam. Tiger was also the emblem of Cholas and the Tamil Tigers. The event of introducing the flag took place at Thanjavur, the historic capital of the Cholas.[8]

Policy Position

Water-Sharing Dispute

The party has launched several agitations in demanding the state's share of water from upstream states, of the Kaveri and Mullaiperiyar rivers.[11][12] Seeman has also publicly criticized successive regimes' apathy on the issue as well as the illegal sand quarrying of the river beds in the state.[13][14]

NLC Situation

In 2011-2012, when the state of Tamil Nadu was in the midst of a severe power crisis leading to exorbitant power tariffs and failure of industries in the state,[15] the management of Neyveli Lignite Corporation, a central government held entity in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu was contemplating divesting shares to private players. This immediately sparked public unrest in the state, and most of its employees organizing a massive strike against the central government's decision. The corporation is accused of then allegedly manipulating its workers and indulging in acts to swiftly play down the issue.[16][17]

The Naam Tamilar Katchi was among the forefront in opposing the decision, with Seeman declaring that the problem facing strikers was the prejudice of non-Tamil management against Tamil workers. He also attacked NLC for investing in other Indian states while there was an acute power shortage in Tamil Nadu.[16][18]

Law and Order

Seeman has observed of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state during the Congress-DMK alliance.[19] Seeman had also condemned the alleged assault of a group of Lankan tourists in Chennai. Seeman said that the party abhors violence in any form, and cadres who violate the party's principles of conduct will not be tolerated.[20]

State of Refugees

Naam Tamilar Katchi has raised the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils who seek refuge in the country, and their prolonged persecution at the hands of both the state and central governments.[21]

Abolition of Death Penalty

Naam Tamilar Katchi has vocally supported the life-commutation and release of those convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi case. Seeman has advocated that the party's stand was not limited to the lives of the three Tamils but for the total abolition of the death penalty in India.[22] Naam Tamilar Katchi had also called for the humanitarian release of prisoners languishing in jails for more than 10 years. The party also voiced its support towards closing down the Eelam refugees special camps in Tamil Nadu which, they alleged, had become torture camps.[23]

Retrieval of Katchatheevu

Seeman vowed to retrieve Kachatheevu by creating 50,000 special battalion forces and invading the island single-handedly within one day [24] Sedition charges has been filed against him in this regard.[25]

Tamil rule in Tamil Nadu

Seeman stressed, that the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu should be a native Tamilan.[26] One of the slogan of Naam Tamilar Katchi is, that everyone has right to live in Tamil Nadu, but only a Tamilan has the right to rule Tamil Nadu as Chief Minister.[27] Seeman was criticized by some medias and individuals, that his statement being racist and accused him by of playing identity politics and dividing people based on ethnicity.[28] He was questioned by Tamil media as: "Who is a Tamilan? How do you define a Tamilan?"[29][30][31] The statement not only receive criticism, but got approval among Tamil nationalists and some individuals.[32][33][34][35]

Elections

Manifesto and Declaration

Translation of the Naam Tamilar Katchi's Vision and Policy page[36]

1. Revival of Tamil, the foremost motive

2. Formation of an independent nation of Tamil Eelam, the only alternative for Eelam Tamils

3. Enforcement of Indian federal union set up, with greater rights to states and ethnic groups in the country.

4. The omnipresence of Tamil and eternal rule of Tamils in Tamil Nadu in a Democracy.

5. Blossoming of a collective and virtuous society.

6. Land reforms to assist landless people.

7. Encouragement of environment and people friendly scientific advancement and industrial growth.

8. Integration of Tamils worldwide for Tamil rights and harmony.

9. Economic progress aimed at improving the quality of the life of the common man.

10. Protection of Livelihood and Interests of labourers from all sections.

11. End to Casteist and Religious division and discrimination, and Propagation of Equal treatment for all Tamils

12. Enforcement of Female rights, a birthright.

13. Ubiquitous Learning and Use of Tamil language, like learning MBBS in Tamil.

14. Institutionalization of Tamil as the official language in the spheres of governance, worship, judiciary and service

15. Cultural revolution and revitalization of ancient Tamil traditions

16. Individual's right to Religion.

17. Administration of justice without political involvement and abolition of corruption.

18. Establishment of Women self-help groups to advance their economic, political and social position.

19. Equitable and balanced distribution of Power and Material

20. Abolition of black money and exploitation by private firms and corporations.

21. People's court Formation.

22. Establishment of Basic Healthcare and access to all sections of the society

23. Forwarding the rights of Tamils in other states and Inter-state relations and goodwill

24. Cultural integration of Tamils worldwide.

25. Priority to ancient Tamil sports and martial arts such as Silambam, Kalari etc.

2011 Tamil Nadu Assembly Election

Though it did not contest in 2011 polls, the NTK spearheaded a large-scale campaign against the Congress Party in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly election, 2011 for their alleged role in the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and various other anti-Tamil policies of the party.[37][38][39]

2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly Election

Affirming to its long-established standpoint, Naam Tamilar Katchi will contest on its own in all of the 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu as well as those in the districts of Puducherry and Karaikal.[40] On 12 February 2016, all 234 Naam Tamilar Katchi candidates were introduced in Cuddalore on a stage by its leader Seeman. The party promote equal rights and has also included candidates with disabilities. It is the first party in the history of Tamil Nadu with a transgender candidate. On 2 March 2016, Seeman has introduced at a press meeting, that the twin candles is the election symbol of Naam Tamilar Katchi.[41] On 23 March 2016, Naam Tamilar Katchi published its election manifesto 2016.[42][43]

Seeman openly challenged Arunan a CPM party member that he would score more votes than their PWF alliance in the 2016 state assembly elections failing which he vowed to dissolve his party and join the CPM.[44] The party scored less than the alliance overall and even less than NOTA.[45] Seeman's party lost everywhere with himself scoring 5th place in Cuddalore and lost deposit.[46] Seeman was asked by reporters about his challenge. He replied that he challenged the Communists and not the Vijaykanth + PWF alliance. He said that Naam Tamilar has scored more votes than every single party in PWF alliance, and so that he has won the challenge.[47] Naam Tamilar party scored 458,104 (1.1%) votes in 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly Election and was ahead of long-term political parties like MDMK, CPI, VCK, CPM and TMC.[48] NTK party Leader Seeman see its as a good start for Naam Tamilar Katchi.[49]

2017 R.K. Nagar by-election

Naam Tamilar has fielded K. Kalaikottudhayam as its candidate for R.K. Nagar by-election and contest under ‘Twin candles’ symbol.[50] Seeman criticizes, that voters in Tamil Nadu give the symbols more attention than the candidates. He said the election commission, should replace the symbols with candidate numbers or give every election new symbols for the parties so that there is an equality.[51] He also criticizes the election commission for not making great efforts to stop the bribery of voters in R.K. Nagar and questioned them as where were the CCTV cameras were being placed as announced by them which were to be placed for monitoring for a free and fair election.[52] The Tamil Television Puthiya Thalaimurai TV made a survey in R.K. Nagar on "Which participating party is an alternative to DMK and AIADMK" the result was Naam Tamilar 11.72%, BJP 8.99%, DMDK 8.54%, CPI 5.45%, No one 62.67%.[53][54] R.K. Nagar by-election does not take place as planned on April 12, because the election rules were violated by large-scale bribery and corruption.[55] Seeman showed his dissatisfaction with the Indian Democracy and said it was not fair by the election commission to stop the elections and punish all, instead take steps to disqualify the parties who were involved in bribery.[56] R.K. Nagar by-election took place 21 December 2017, despite voter bribery allegations. It was alleged, that T. T. V. Dhinakaran gave voters around 10 000 Rs. per vote while AIADMK gave 5000 Rs. and DMK 2000 Rs..[57] The Independent candidate T. T. V. Dhinakaran won the election, while the Dravidian parties AIADMK and DMK took second and third place. Naam Tamilar occupied the fourth place with 3,860 votes and lost the deposit along with DMK.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Official Twitter
  • Membership Link
  • NTK Android app
  • Election manifesto 2016
  • Official Facebook
  • Official YouTube

References

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