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Pearly Pages Of Flattery

A sanitised version of Karunanidhi’s career throws a halo and avoids his many low points

Pearly Pages Of Flattery
Pearly Pages Of Flattery
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2018-06-29T16:36:45+05:30

Recently, there has been a spate of English biographies on Tamil Nadu’s political leaders—Annadurai, M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalitha. One on Karunanidhi—undoubtedly the longest-serving veteran of Tamil politics, probably even Indian politics—was missing, and so here it is. Karunanidhi definitely deserves a tome. A 13-time MLA with not a single electoral defeat, five-time chief minister and piloting the DMK in spite of two splits—he has seen all and done all in Indian politics that is to be seen and done—including the succession of his son as party chief. He might have aligned with the Congress nati­onally, but he is also a main reason why the grand old party could never come back to power in Tamil Nadu after 1967. If one expected a balanced view of Karunanidhi’s politics, with all the pluses and minu­ses of a long and eventful political life, Sandhya Ravishankar falls short of that goal in this book.

The book merely chronicles the DMK patriarch’s political journey, heavily dependent as it is on his own autobiography...

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