Tamil Nadu's politics of welfare

Dravidian Years: Politics and Welfare in Tamil Nadu S Narayan OUP 260 pages Rs 550 It was May 2009, just after the general election. Against all expectation, the Congress had increased its seats in the Lok Sabha from 145 to 207. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which had won 16 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, had gone up to 18. So, while the Congress was preening in the rest of the country, the DMK was demanding more ministerial berths at the Centre.  It was during these negotiations that the then editor of the Hindu Business Line and I went to meet a very senior Con.....

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