The Tamil paradox
To get a measure of the Tamilnadu paradox, you have to begin at Panagal Park in the heart of Thyagaraya Nagar (T. Nagar).
Named after two founders of the anti-Brahmin, anti-elitist Justice Party, this six-kilometre stretch, once covered with paddy fields, is today– ironically– India’s largest shopping district in terms of revenue.
A sense of the numbers
The shops here together earn a reported Rs. 20,000 crore annually — the spread comes from “black money” or unaccounted and untaxed transactions– by selling silk and gold to some 200,000 shoppers everyday.
During Diwali and other festivals, this number swells to a million shoppers a day.
This is four times what similar shopping neighborhoods such as Mumbai’s Linking Road, Delhi’s Connaught Place, or Bangalore’s Commercial Street earn.
Vazhiya Senthamizh Vazhga Nal Tamizhar!
Let Tamil thrive, let Tamilians thrive!
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