Saturday, March 20, 2010

Was Annadurai a separatist?

Was former Tamil Nadu chief minister C N Annadurai, who fought for an independent 'Dravidasthan' and led the anti-Hindi movement, a separatist? 

“Annadurai might have striven for more powers for Tamil Nadu, but he had always dwelt on the unity of India in his speeches abroad,” says Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor. 

Releasing the book ‘Anna: The Life and Times of C N Annadurai’ written by R Kannan, Tharoor said Annadurai’s efforts gave the rightful position for Tamil Nadu at national level. The minister said the impact of Annadurai’s life and message still endures. The leader of the Dravidian Movement “deserves to be known far better known outside his native Tamil Nadu.”

Anna, who was the first non-Congress leader to form a majority government in India, believed he or the party he formed - Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – should not be intoxicated by power. He believed that religions should serve the poor, the Minister said. “This giant of our age defeated my party in election. But I can’t see anything in Anna against the Congress,” Tharoor said.

Full report here Sify 

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