Naam Tamilar Katchi
|Founder||S. P. Adithanar|
|Headquarters||Hospital road, Senthil Nagar, Porur, Chennai.|
|Colours||Red and yellow|
Naam Tamilar Katchi, (Tamil: நாம் தமிழர் ; trans. "We Tamils Party"; abbr. NTK) is a political party in the state of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, India. It is an extreme rightwing Tamil nationalist political party in india.
In 1958, Adithanar founded the "We Tamils" (நாம் தமிழர் கட்சி) party with the platform of forming a sovereign Tamil state. The party's stand was more radical than the Dravida Nadu demand of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy's Dravidar Kazhagam. It wanted the creation of a homogeneous Tamil state incorporating Tamil speaking areas of India and Sri Lanka. The party's headquarters was named as 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.
Naam Tamilar Iyakkam
Following the closure of the Sri Lankan Civil War in which thousands of Tamil civilians were wiped out and over 140,000 remaining unaccounted for, several activists in Tamil Nadu led by noted film director and Periyarism activist Seeman, gathered in Madurai on 18 May 2009 to revive the party as a social outfit Naam Tamilar Iyakkam (We are Tamils Organization).
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.
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."
Name and Emblem
The name of the party signifies "We are Tamils" as opposed to being labelled by any caste or religion. 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.
The flag contains the emblem of the Tiger, which was also present on the flags of the Chola dynasty and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The event of introducing the flag took place at Thanjavur, the historic capital of the Cholas.
The party has launched several agitations in demanding the state's share of water from upstream states, of the Kaveri and Mullaiperiyar rivers. 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.
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, 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.
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.
Law and Order
Seeman has observed of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state during the Congress-DMK aliance. 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.
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.
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. Naam Tamilar Katchi had also called for humanitarian release of prisoners languishing in jails for more than 10 years. The party also voiced its support towards closing down the special camps which, they alleged, had become torture camps.
Retrieval of Katchatheevu
Manifesto and Declaration
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.
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. 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. On 23 March 2016, Naam Tamilar Katchi published its election manifesto 2016. Seeman openly challenged 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. The party scored less than the alliance overall and even less than NOTA. Seeman's party lost everywhere with himself scoring 5th place in Cuddalore.
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