Thol Thirumavalavan and his Dalit Panthers must be spending the most money for political advertising per voter gained. While the Dalit Panthers’ vote base is estimated at one percent, their presence in terms of posters and other paraphernalia across street corners rivals that of the DMK and the AIADMK. The content of those banners though, seem to miss the point. One such, put up in KK Nagar, next to similar posters from the Dravidian parties, for example, says something about Thirumavalavan paying homage to Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar! No, I am not making that up — once I manage to figure the camera function on the phone, I will even be a loyal subject.
That brings one to the question –who makes these posters? Is the same person contracted to to do the job for all political parties? And was this an occasion when he simply batch processed without thinking? Or, are the local members of a political party so eager to make their presence felt that they don’t mind their leader paying homage to the person who was once considered by some of them as their biggest oppressor? Ignorance is possibly the simple and uninteresting answer , which will remain that as long as the poster stays in Madras and does not travel further south.