Pa Ranjith booked for speech on Rajaraja Cholan
Thanjavur: Thiruppananthal police have registered a case against film director Pa Ranjith on charges of promoting enmity between different groups involving religion and race. This was in connection with a speech he delivered in which he claimed that the period of Rajaraja Cholan was dark as parcels of land owned by dalits was taken away by the king.
Based on a complaint lodged by Hindu Makkal Katchi former district secretary Bala, police booked him under section 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 153 (A)(1)(a) (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc).
Ranjith made the controversial statements while addressing an event organized by Neela Panpattu Maiyam run by him, in connection with the fourth death anniversary of Neela Puligal
Movement founder C M Umar Farook at Kumbakonam. He said that political parties were claiming that they won a big victory in the general elections on Periyar’s soil. At the same time, they failed to acknowledge the fact that the success came only after contesting on caste lines, he alleged.
“Thanjavur delta is an important district in the state. However, it witnesses many instances of caste discrimination. Periyar struggled for social equality. However, Umar Farook’s battle was against DMK and AIADMK. Many say that the period of Rajaraja Cholan was a golden age. But, I say his period was a dark one,” he said. All people, including dalits, claimed that the king belonged to their 6/12/2019 Karur SP warns of action against unscrupulous moneylenders | caste. However, he need not be belonging to any particular caste, he further stated.
“In one of the biggest manoeuvres, dalit lands were taken away during his reign. Discrimination also started during his tenure. The biggest irony was that a total of 400 women were converted into prostitutes and they were kept in a building called Mangala Vilas. So, devadasi practice commenced only during his rule,” he further said.