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Political History of the Rise and Fall of Dravidian Parties in Tamil Nadu (South India)


Thanjai Nalankilli, Ph.D.



This book is divided into two parts, in addition to the initial introduction. The first part narrates the history of Dravidian parties in chronological sequence along with some analysis of this history. The second part consists of a number of chapters, with each chapter discussing a single aspect of Dravidian history (across the timeline), along with a detailed political analysis.

Major Dravidian parties in Tamilnadu are

AIADMK - All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (M. G. Ramachandran, Janaki Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa Jeyaram) [Split from DMK]

DK - Dravidar Kazhagam (Periyar E. V. Ramaswamy Naicker, Veeramani) [Original Dravidian party]

DMDK - Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (Vijayakanth) [Not born out of any other Dravidian party]

DMK - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (C. N. Annadurai, Muthuvel Karunanidhi) [Split from DK]

MDMK - Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (V. Gopalaswamy - Vaiko) [Split from DMK]

PDK - Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam [Split from DK]

PMK - Pattali Makkal Katchi (Ramadoss) [Not born out of any other Dravidian party]

Part I: Narrative History

1. Introduction (11 KB)

2. Birth of Dravidar Kazhagam (10 KB) Birth of Dravidar Kazhagam by metamorphosis of the Justice Party (Neethi Katchi) in 1944.

3. First DK State Conference, Dravida Nadu Demand and Anti-Hindi Agitation (9 KB)

4. August 15, 1947: A Day of Joy or Grievance? (12 KB)

5. Dravida Nadu Separation Conference and Periyar's Successor (6 KB)

6. Periyar Drops a Bombshell (10 KB)

7. Birth of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (10 KB)

8. Early Years of DMK (DK and DMK: A Two Barrel Gun) (10 KB)

9. Censorship of Dravidian Voices (8 KB)

10. 1950-1951: First DMK State Conference and Other Activities (10 KB)

11. DMK's Black Flag Demonstrations of the 1950s (10 KB)

12. 1952 General Election (8 KB)

13. The Three-Pronged Agitation of July 1953 and other 1953 agitations (12 KB)

14. Agitations Against Rajaji's Caste-Based Education Policy (Rajaji's Modified Scheme of Elementary Education - 1953) (12 KB)

15. Dalmiyapuram - Kallakudi Agitation - 1953 (9 KB)

16. Marshal Nesamani and the Formation of Kanyakumari District (8 KB)

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Part II: Analysis and Commentary

27. Tamil Nadu Sought American Help for Independence from India in 1975 (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2013 (18 KB) (f)

28. Why DK and DMK initially asked for Independent Dravida Nadu and later moved towards Independent Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2005 (14 KB)

29. Annadurai's Speech on Independence for Dravida Nadu (or Tamil Nadu) (Translated from Tamil to English), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2005 (7 KB)

30. DMK and Tamil Nadu Independence: A Recent Political History of TamilNadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2003 (28 KB)

31. DMK, Dravida Nadu and D.B.S. Jeyaraj (by K.J. Trivedi and Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2003 (10 KB)

32.  Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu Independence (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2015 (8 KB) (f)

The former Chief Minister's statement about Tamil Nadu independence in January 2015.

33. Annadurai on Central Government Ministers from Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2006 (9 KB)

From C. N. Annadurai's maiden speech at the Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in 1962.


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