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