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Love, caste and fury in Tamil Nadu: How a small-time crook came to symbolise Gounder pride

In the sleepy village of Iveli in Namakkal district in western Tamil Nadu, at a roadside restaurant, a 30-something man, bare chested, chopped vegetables in a frenzy. When asked if he knows where Yuvaraj lives, he paused. A long, uneasy silence followed. “No, I don’t know, please ask at the tea shop,” he said finally.

At the tea shop, a group of four men sipping tea were stone-faced. “I don’t know who Yuvaraj is or where he lives,” came the answer from one.

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