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The Elaichi Elixir

The World Tamil meet is being set up as a halo for Karunanidhi

The Elaichi Elixir
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The Elaichi Elixir
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The man considers himself—and there are many in the state who will agree—to be a Tamil icon. And yet, surprisingly, when Muthuvel Karunanidhi struts on to the grand stage in Coimbatore as the presiding deity of the World Classical Tamil Conference (WCTC) later this month, it will be for the very first time in his long innings as a chief minister and state politician.

So it’s no wonder that the octogenarian politician is pulling out all the stops to make the event memorable. He has bulldozed opposition from principal adversary, AIADMK chief Jayalalitha, (“I’ll not demean myself by coming to this dubious conference”, she sniffed) and sidestepped controversies to enable this five-day extravaganza to unfold as planned. The event, starting June 23, will see him rubbing shoulders with eminent figures from the Tamil literary world, including many Sri Lankan Tamil litterateurs.

MK himself insists that there’s nothing political about it. Political commentators here, though,...

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