Tehelka Rips Apart Karunanidhi & Sons

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Just love it.

One of our favorite Indian e-zines Tehelka has torn into Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M.Karunanidhi and his family.

That Tamil Nadu has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the extended Karunanidhi clan with its grasping finger thrusting into every pie – politics, business, newspapers, cable TV, newspapers, TV channels, movie production and distribution, state contracts and more – is no secret to the hapless denizens of the state.

But few articles have provided as good a summary as the Tehelka piece in providing both a historic perspective and insights into the current dystopian nightmare that has made life difficult for so many millions.

Titled How the K-Family Colonized a State – K Klutch Klan, the article is a blistering attack on the tactics adopted by Karuinanidhi, his sons M.K.Azhagiri and heir apparent M.K.Stalin and other members of the extended family such as the businessman Kalanidhi Maran and his politician brother Dayanidhi Maran to entrench their power and grow their clout and wealth:

Here’s an excerpt from the Tehelka piece:

[I]n the last decade, especially in the current term of the DMK government, members of the first family have graduated from legislators to ministers, party members to party strategists, and most visibly, local politicians to national-level netas. The rules that bind every other politician in TN do not apply to them. It is not a mere matter of privilege, but of the kind of personal and financial takeover of a party and a state that breaks the limits of politics, and becomes simply about absolute control. Today, every time a person in Tamil Nadu switches on his television, reads the paper, buys groceries, purchases land, or watches a film, he has in some way engaged with one of Karunanidhi’s relatives. The family is inescapable. And its influence does not even depend on whether or not it is in power.

Must read piece, folks.

A lot of SI readers are Tamils and this article provides all of them with a comprehensive overview of the malaise that now afflicts the state.

The article is also timely from the perspective of the elections that are scheduled for next month to the state Legislative Assembly.

An informed electorate is the first step in saving the state from the clutches of a kakistocratic cabal.

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How the K-Family Colonized a State – K Klutch Klan

10 Responses to "Tehelka Rips Apart Karunanidhi & Sons"

  1. Twig   March 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    This is dangerous to the State.

    Similar kind of things are happening in Andhra Pradesh. YSR family is into media (sakshi enterprises), Religion (Anil
    Kumar and his tele evangelism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ORZqWVwKk), Real estate sector etc.

    Especially controlling media is a dangerous thing and I can see how sakshi manipulates the news to project Jagan Mohan
    as a future CM.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: This is dangerous to the State. Similar kind of things are happening in Andhra Pradesh.

    But the colonization of Tamil Nadu by Karunanidhi & Family seems to be on a vastly higher scale than in Andhra Pradesh by YSR’s family.

    Politics + Sun TV, Sun Pictures, Red Giant Entertainment, Cloud Nine Pictures, Dinakaran, Sumangali Cable Vision network + Muscle Power is a lethal combination for the residents of the state.

    As if all that were not bad enough, the tragedy is that Kalanidhi Maran is apparently modeling himself on that vermin Rupert Murdoch.

  2. sam   March 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We think Jayalalitha is a nut-case but we’d love to see her win just so we can watch her drag Karunanidhi, Stalin, Azhagiri and the rest of the ugly menagerie through the dust.

    But will Jaya win? Well, that’s like asking if India will win the World Cup. πŸ˜‰

  3. sam   March 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    New Mollywood Movie Christian Brothers released last Friday. It has all big stars of Malayalam. Watch it for a change.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No new movies are releasing here because of the Cricket Cup. At this rate, Anil Ambani’s crappy Big Cinema movie theaters will have to close down soon. πŸ˜‰

    • curiousboy   March 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

      Off-topic: Christian Brothers??!!! Aaaarrrgggg… Absolute crap movie. Don’t even bother going near it. Sam bhaiyaa don’t let SI say “Mollywood sucks!”. Although nowadays it does! πŸ˜‰


      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      The peerless SI sponsored the review of the classy movie Pazhassi Raja about 18 months back.

  4. shadowfax_arbit   March 23, 2011 at 12:31 am

    As long as the stupid voters fall for the freebies these people will be ruling the roost. Even colleges are not spared, they are buying each and everything in TN. At this rate people of TN are only going to be slaves to Karunanidhi family.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    If history has taught us anything, it’s that the sound of the bullet resonates louder than the drop of the ballot paper into the box. πŸ˜‰

  5. kumaraguru   March 23, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Yes you are right Tamil nadu situation is worse than AP. they have everythings in their control karunanidhi must not be elected oncemore. If he is elected once more then i remember rajinikanth saying in 1996 election in suntv protesting jayalalita” avanga innoru vaati aatchikku vandha tamilnaata aandava nenacha kooda kaapatha mudiyadhu”. They(Karunanidhi &co) are responsible for allsorts of scams that has happened in our country. In my village my parents told me that the DMK representative elected didnt ever come for 4 years. he came for campaigning and then one more time to thank the people. that’s iot our village still remins pathetic without even basic things required to sustain life. Roads are badly damaged, frequent power cuts upto 6-8 houirs per day, no street lights, no quality schools in the surrounding villages also. pathetic that they dont have english medium schools there also. its getting from bad to worst. these people must be thrown out immediately which is not possible because AIADMK alliance is also weak and she is also not good, vijayakanth is a [deleted] who doesnt know what he speaks and doing, so there is no hope for tamilnadu people.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We agree that hope is diminishing for the Tamils.

  6. kumaraguru   March 23, 2011 at 12:51 am

    hey dont miss quarterfinal match pakistan today against westindies

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    If we can get up.

    The match starts at 4:30AM ET and it’s already 1:07AM ET. πŸ™

  7. kumaraguru   March 23, 2011 at 1:31 am

    ok have a good sleep and when you wake up you’ll hear the sweet news of pakistani dogs losing

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You don’t have to append the noun ‘dogs’ to the adjective ‘Pakistani’…that goes without saying. πŸ˜‰

  8. shiva84   March 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Did u read the election manifesto of these two idiots Karuna and Jaya. They are offering freebies at will. Grinders, mixies, laptops to students, free rice in ration shop, free bus pass to senior citizens and many more. Just wonder where they get the money to offer all these freebies.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Saw the headlines.

    The only freebie the political parties should be distributing is condoms to all Indians given the population growth in India.

  9. shiva84   March 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    [Deleted] VijayKanth beating his own party candidate, this clown wants to become the CM of Tamil Nadu. Incredible India indeed.


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Watched your video.

    Ha ha ha.

    Isn’t this happening to Tamil people everyday in Tamil Nadu at the hands of their leaders, if not literally then figuratively.

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