#Dravidanadu: South India’s rebellion over Modi’s new cattle law kindles an old secessionist spark

03:08 PM | 30 May, 2017
#Dravidanadu: South India’s rebellion over Modi’s new cattle law kindles an old secessionist spark
A trending hashtag, #Dravidanadu, on Twitter has caused fear and paranoia in India as the old rebellion has been revived again in India's southern states where interstate and intra-state grievances remain unresolved.

Comrade Nambiar, a Keralite who describes himself as a Marxist, seems to be tweeting from Dubai.

The hashtag was a response to the new cattle trade rules that the Union environment and forests ministry notified on May 25. Kerala was the first state to oppose the rules, which ban the sale of cattle in markets for slaughter. Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan said his government will not implement the rules and warned the Centre against interfering with the dietary practices of Keralites.

"Undoubtedly, Narendra Modi is the most powerful Prime Minister of India. He even converted a forgotten and Tamil Nadu -centric #DravidaNadu demand alive and South Indian one," tweeted Aazhi Senthil Nathan, a political analyst. He expressed surprise at such a demand coming from Kerala, a state ruled by Congress and Left parties for long.

"#DravidaNadu trending is just a start. High alert to BJP for discrimination the religious thoughts and imposing Hindutva beliefs in South India," tweeted DMK MLA J Anbazhagan. Congress spokesperson Jothimani wrote, "This is what happens Mr Modi, when your government imposes stupid ideas on us. We will never let you destroy our rights and identity."

Congress leader and former minister of state Shashi Tharoor asked Twitterati to desist from expressing 'anti-national ideas'. "Even though that is true, I implore my fellow Southerners not to express an anti-national idea like promoting #DravidaNadu. Let's improve India," he appealed on Twitter.

BJP's Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan said the demand for Dravida Nadu is nothing but a secessionist one. "Tamil Nadu youths should not fall prey to such demands," she said.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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