27 July, 2021

What If The South Had Seceded?

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world slept, south Indians saw a dream. They saw rising out of the void a new country 1,25,000 square miles in size with a population at that time of 60 million...

Jaychandran
What If The South Had Seceded?
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At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world slept, south Indians saw a dream. They saw rising out of the void a new country 1,25,000 square miles in size (Great Britain 95,000 sq miles) with a population at that time of 60 million (Great Britain 50 m). They saw clear-as-crystal south Indian logic in the naming of the country as Dravida Nadu rather than Dakshina Pradesh which sounded menacingly northern in orientation.

The dream distinctly showed Dravida Nadu getting a headstart from its abundance of talent. It was not just a matter of C. Rajagopalacharis and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnans. The wheels of administration everywhere were in south Indian hands. In the Rajputana region, for example, all the four leading states had south Indian dewans—V.T. Krishnamachari in Jaipur, C.S. Venkatachari in Jodhpur, T. Vijayaraghavachari in Udaipur and K.M. Panikkar in Bikaner.

This was no fluke. India’s own corridors of power in Delhi were manned by luminaries of Malayala Nadu, giving rise to the saying that, to get anything done in Delhi, one had to run from Pillai to...

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