In 1967, C.N. Annadurai became the chief minister of Madras state, when his party, the DMK, swept to power for the first time. In this definitive biography, R. Kannan traces the growth of Annadurai—from a young protégé of the radical thinker Periyar E.V. Ramasamy into a revered leader known as Anna, or elder brother. Kannan draws on Anna’s considerable body of writing, and the memoirs of other leaders and authors in Tamil, to candidly examine Anna’s complex relationship with Periyar and his disillusionment with the corruption he witnessed when in power. Featuring luminaries like Rajagopalachari and Kamaraj, K. Karunanidhi and MGR, among many others, Anna offers a warm and rounded portrait of a man who showed the way for the democratic expression of regional aspirations within a united India.
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About the Author: R. Kannan is currently with the Political and Mediation Group of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia. He has served with the United Nations since 1993 (except for a break in 1995-96), in three continents and in various capacities. Outside the UN he has practiced and taught law and translated and read the news for the All India Radio. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed MGR: A Life and Anna: The Life and Times of C.N. Annadurai (Penguin, 2010) both published by Penguin Random House. After completing his studies in Chennai, his birthplace, Kannan received an LLM in International Law from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in International Relations from the Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy..