Q. Vanniyar Movement was recently seen in the news. It is related to which of the following states?

[A] Karnataka

[B] Tamil Nadu

[C] Maharashtra

[D] Punjab

Answer: B

Tamil Nadu government has announced the construction of a memorial in Villupuram to people killed in police firing and clashes in 1987, during a movement demanding reservation for the Vanniyar community. 

About Vanniyar Movement 

Vanniyars are one of the largest and most consolidated backward communities in the state. They had raised massive protests in the mid-1980s demanding 20% reservation in the state, and 2% in central services. 

The Vanniyars declared an agitation from September 17 to 23, 1987, which turned violent. At least 21 protesters were killed, mostly in police firing, and also in clashes with members of Scheduled Caste communities. 

After the DMK government came to power in 1989, the OBC quota was split into two: Backward Castes and Most Backward Castes. Vanniyars were categorised among the MBCs with 107 other communities, with 20% reservation. 

Recently, Vanniyar community through Government Order got 10.5% reservation for Vanniyars within the 20% MBC quota. 

Source: Indian Express