29 November, 2020

Kalaignar's Craft

Karunanidhi finishes 50 years in politics. Who after him? Updates

R. S. Kumar
Kalaignar's Craft
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Karunanidhi's Golden 50
  • Fifty years a legislator, five times CM. One of the tallest Tamil leaders.
  • The most outspoken legatee of the Periyar movement
  • Coming from the Isai-Vellalar community, has furthered OBC causes
  • Has authored over 100 books, including commentaries on classical Tamil texts
  • Has a clever understanding of alliance politics

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The Flop Side
  • Has never encouraged inner-party democracy in the DMK. Has always run it as a one-man show.
  • The fight for the DMK legacy has become purely a family issue
  • Compromised his principles when he aligned with the BJP in 1999
  • The DMK is today a poor imitation of the Congress. Dynasty rules right down to the district secretary level.

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Elected eleven times to the Tamil Nadu assembly, never having lost a single election, chief minister five times,...
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