1) Dr Thol Thirumavalavan : Won after openly critiquing the Sanatana Dharma and Brahminical forces.
He is the leader of Dalit panthers and he contested on his own symbol. With a campaign which he called uprooting Brahmanism & Sanatana dharma, he won from Chidambaram Lok Sabha constituency. Remember his name.
Ambumani supported the girl's family, polarized the constituency which has sizeable Vanniyars and won the election. He was defeated by DMK this time.
In 2019 election, PR Natarajan of CPM backed by DMK won the Coimbatore Lok Sabha constituency and defeated the BJP candidate backed by ADMK by a margin of 1.7 lakh votes
Stalin and DMK went back to Dravidian grassroot politics and went for the kill. A course correction at a frighteningly pace. Amazing
CPM's Su Venkatesan from Madurai (an intellectual tour de force. His Keezhadi speeches are lit), DMK's Professor Thamizhachi Thangapandian from Chennai South and DMK's Dhanush M Kumar from Tenkasi.
The impact of Dalit Politics.
As a historian (Military Historian), I would say course correction is something which every Empire Or political party is tad afraid of.
IMO an Empire Or a nation where women and minorities (+ Dalits) are treated with respect and equality = truly progressive.
Now let's check whether Kerala is progressive as it is hailed. Let's analyse it
Hindus : 55% are divided into Upper castes and Lower castes (Dalits and Ezhavas)
Minorities : 45%
Dalits and Ezhavas form 42% of the Population in Kerala. (Majority are LEFTs votebank)
Is Kerala progressive when it comes to Dalit Politics? NO
Is Kerala progressive in women empowerment? NO
Kerala elected 19 MPs who were against the Sabarimala verdict which was a direct clash between Brahmanism & Dalit Identity.
Even Thirumavalavan himself said that the verdict must be implemented.
Ambedkar & Nehru would be proud of Tamil Nadu today. I don't think Ambedkar would be proud of Kerala though
So before anyone says Kerala is progressive, remember my words
Tamil Nadu has many big shot actors who openly critique Modi and BJP, but in Kerala you won't see that (apart from few directors)
Also the lack of Dalit - Ezhava characters in Malayalam cinema industry is telling.