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Dalit Panthers of India

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi

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[Flag of Dalit Panthers of India] image by Ivan Sache, 20 June 2009
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Description of the flag

The Liberation Panthers of India, or the Dalit Panthers of India (DPI), also known as Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (Tamil: விடுதலைச்
சிறுத்தைகள்) is a Dalit political party in the state of Tamil Nadu. It won two MLA seats in 2006 state assembly elections on its own in alliance with AIADMK .Now it is in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Party.
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The party's flag can be seen here: The party's symbol is seen here:
Esteban Rivera, 19 June 2009

The primary source, duly credited by the Wikipedia contributor, is a photo taken in Chennai (Madras) by R. Ravindran during a street demonstration, published on 24 October 2008 in "The Hindu".
Ivan Sache, 20 June 2009

This liberation party flag is very similar to the Viet-Cong flag.
James Dignan, 20 June 2009 

Variant of flag on party website

[Flag of Dalit Panthers of India] image by Ivan Sache, 20 June 2009

The flag of the party is also presented on the party blog (3 March 2009): "Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi flag represent marvelous meaning. The flag equally shared in sky blue and red color. Top half of the flag filled in blue then the remaining bottom of the flag filled with red color and center of the flag white star with five ends."
On the graphic representation of the flag, the star is much smaller than on the actual flags spotted in the demonstration.
Ivan Sache, 20 June 2009

[Flag of Dalit Panthers of India] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 January 2017

The variant with ratio 2:1 (width greater than length) was photographed in Mamandur, Kancheepuram district. Tamil Nadu state, on 2016-04-10. The photo can be viewed here: (image:
Tomislav Todorovic, 5 January 2017