Vanavaasam – Kannadaasan


This autobiography describes a decade of experience in political life of Kannadaasan. He explains his motivation to join politics, his pleasant and bitter times with Dravida Kazhagam leaders and his reasons for quitting politics. It’s surprising that in this book, he literally blames Karunanidhi for his cunning games played during initial period of DMK and making Annadurai as a puppet in hands of him and his followers. I don’t know how far this is true. After reading this book I came to know about some leaders in Dravida Kazhagam and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. DMK initially had two unofficial groups – one under Annadurai and other under E.V.K. Sampath (father of E.V.K.S. Elangovan). There was always cold-war among the followers of these leaders and Kannadaasan was in Sampath group. At one point of time, all followers including Sampath were voluntarily departed from DMK because of their bitter experiences in the party and the novel ends here. Kannadasan says his lifetime in politics as “Vanavaasam”. This book along with “Periyar” movie, gives me an idea on initial Tamilnadu politics like DK formation by Periyar after departing from Indian National Congress and DMK formation by Annadurai after departing from DK.

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2 comments so far

  1. Megarajan on

    Prabhu,

    Thanks for telling about this book.I have never heard of this book.

  2. avaraipoo on

    i came 2 know about this book when i was going through some blog. let me know, where could i buy this book ?!


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