Rise of the Dravidian Movement
The Dravidian movement emerged as defence of the
non-Brahmins against the Brahmin dominance. An organisation called The Madras
Non-Brahmin Association was founded in 1909 to help the non-Brahmin students.
In 1912 C. Natesanar, a medical doctor, founded the
Madras United League, later renamed as Madras Dravidian Association to support
Dravidian uplift. The organisation focused on educating and supporting
non-Brahmin graduates and conducting regular meetings to share their
grievances. Meanwhile, Natesanar founded a hostel, the Dravidian Home, at
Triplicane (Madras) in July 1916 to address the lack of hostels for the
non-Brahmin students which hindered their educational development. In addition,
the home had a literary society for the benefit of non-Brahmin students.