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Kamaraj is believed to have led a spartan life unlike most Indian politicians for whom politics is just an easy way to feather their nest. Writing in The New York Times, the late Pulitzer Prize winning journalist J.Anthony Lukas described … Continued

Waning Power

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Kamaraj’s political influence began to descend in 1967 when he was defeated for a seat in Parliament, and the DMK, now respectable, captured control of the Madras government. An increasingly independent Indira Gandhi continued as prime minister, and a conflict … Continued


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Prior to his arrest Kamaraj sent a notice that Janab Ubayathulla of Vellore should be the President of P.C.C. Madras State. As Virudhunagar Chairman Sankarapandia Nadar was also arrested Chairman’s post was vacant. Regarding electing P.C.C. Madras state president Ubayathulla … Continued

Change In History

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In that year State Congress meeting was held at Batlagundu. For Muthurang Mudaliar’s victory Kamaraj took special interest. Municipal election was conducted at Virudhunagar Congress contested in 24 wards and won in 22 wards. Kamaraj won from the 7th ward. … Continued

With Satyamurti

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Kamaraj’s political guru and inspiration was S. Satyamurti, orator and parliamentarian. Satyamurti found in Kamaraj “an efficient, loyal, indefatigable worker and skillful organizer (p. 147, Pakshirajan).” Both developed a deep friendship and complemented each others’ skills. In 1936, Satyamurti was … Continued

Early Life

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Kamaraj was born 15 July, 1903, to Kumarasamy Nadar and Sivakami Ammal at Virudhunagar near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. His parents were from a trading family. His real name was Kamakshi Kumaraswamy, but was affectionately shortened to Raja by his … Continued