Karunanidhi's land reforms

Decline of landlordism

Print edition : August 31, 2018

May 27, 1990: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi giving away land pattas belonging to Vadamathimangalam Sugarcane Corporation to a landless farm labourer. Photo: DIPR

December 17, 2006: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi planting a sapling at Ural village in Villupuram district after distributing land to landless farmers. Photo: T. Singaravelou

October 10, 2010: Taking a look at samba paddy (right) cultivated under the System of Rice Intensification method, renamed “Rajarajan 1000” method, in Tiruvarur.

Farmers displaying the free two-acre lad pattas they received, in Thanjavur in September 2006. Photo: THE HINDU

March 20, 2015: DMK President M. Karunanidhi, along with party cadre, staging a demonstration near Valluvar Kottam in Chennai against the Land Acquisition Bill. Photo: M. PRABHU

The DMK’s rise to power in 1967 led to the passing of several laws that empowered tenants and agricultural labourers in Tamil Nadu in important ways and consolidated political power among the lower castes. Karunanidhi was central to these socio-economic changes.
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