For both academic and political observers in other parts of the Indian subcontinent, Tamil Nadu remains an enigma. The attempts to read the modern Tamil-speaking region have had their own limitations. Since the formation of the first non-Congress government in the State as early as 1920, reformist pieces of legislation and affirmative actions have remained the wellsprings of its progress. The sociocultural palette of Tamil Nadu is firmly rooted in its imagination of an inclusive world and its nuanced relationship with colonialism and modernity.
CSPS focuses on creating humanitarian conversations and egalitarian imagination in the public sphere. It focuses on modernity by studying interlocking public and its contribution to modernising Tamil Nadu. It will provide a base for capacity building to mobilise expertise and ideas that could help in the State’s policymaking process.
CSPS aims to map the journey of Tamil Nadu by bringing out a series of biographies that capture the nodal moments in which the State took a turn for the better to retain its unique language, culture and civilisational norms. It researches to produce biographies of important personalities called the Public Intellectuals of Tamil. Biographies of stalwarts such as Ramalinga Vallalar, Mayuram Vedanayagam Pillai, V O Chidambaram, V. Kalyanasundaram, N S Krishnan and T A Maduram, Pudumai Pithan, S Dhanapal, K B Sundarambal, Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammal, K M Adimoolam, and others are being planned.
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