South Asia Seminar: A.R. Venkatachalapathy, Madras Institute of Development Studies “From Pulavar to Professor: The Changing Status of the Tamil Pandit” This paper traces the changing status of Tamil pulavars or pandits in colonial Tamil Nadu. Following Macaulay’s minute the policy of imparting Western education undermined the status of language teachers. Seen as relics of a lost world and impediments to modernity they were objects of ridicule. But Tamil identity politics empowered them giving them an enhanced cultural status.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 5:00pm