5. Dravida Nadu Separation Conference and Periyar's Successor
TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2005 (ID. 2005-11-01)
"Dravida Nadu Separation State-Conference" (Dravida Nadu Pirivinai Maanila Maanaadu) was held on October 14, 1947 in Cuddalore. A former Congress member and a well-known Tamil writer, V. Kalyanasundara Mudaliar, popularly known as "Thiru Vee Kaa", gave a lengthy speech about the Aryan-Dravidian conflict. The conference passed a unanimous resolution that "Dravida Nadu should become a separate, independent country", and urged people to work stridently for it.
"Dravidar Kazhagam Independent State Conference" (Dravidar Kazhaga
Thani Maanila Maanaadu) was held on October 23 and 24, 1948 in Erode. Thiru
Vee Kaa unveiled the map of Dravida Nadu. Annadurai who stayed away from major
Dravidar Kazhagam meetings after his disagreement with Periyar on the August 15
issue (see Chapter 4), attended this conference. Periyar was also present at the conference as usual. Periyar made an important announcement. He said that
he no longer could conduct the affairs of Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) alone, and that
he was handing over the responsibilities to C. N. Annadurai. He lavished
Annadurai with praise as a well-educated intellect, prolific writer and great
EDITORIAL NOTE: Some Tamil names are spelled differently by different people. Here are some variations of names used in this chapter:
Cuddalore - Cudalore
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