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The rise, growth and contribution of the DMK constitute an important part of the contemporary history of India. Robert L. Hardgrave was the first to acknowledge this by writing a book on the rise of the DMK up to 1965 under the title The Dravidian Movement. M.R. Barnett's The Politics of Cultural Nationalism in South India published in 1976 also discusses the rise of the DMK with special reference to Tamil cultural nationalism. P. Spratt's DMK in Power appeared in 1970. N. Balakrishnan, a research scholar in Madurai Kamaraj University, submitted his Ph.D. thesis titled “History of DMK” in 1984. But so far there has been no attempt to give a detailed history of the DMK from 1949 to 2009. The present work seeks to fill this gap.

I express my sincere thanks to Dr. S. Bhaskaran, formerly Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Annamalai University, Chidambarm, who has encouraged me to take up this work and also guided me in the course of my research on the history of the DMK.

I am very much thankful to Dr K. Rajamanickam, IAS (Retd.) for his support in completing this work. My thanks are due to Mr. T.K.S. Elangovan, M.P., the DMK Organizing Secretary; Mr. R. Padmanaban, Manager of Anna Arivalayam, the DMK Headquarters; Mr. N. Jayakumar, Assistant Manager; Mr. C.K. Sundararajan, Librarian of the Perasiriyar Research Library and other staff in the library for providing me with the necessary source materials. I am thankful to Mr. N. Avadaippan, Special Officer, Anna Centenary Library, Chennai, and the staff of the Connemara Library for providing me some of the rare books. I thank Pollachi M. Umapathy, the State Secretary, DMK Volunteers' Wing and Madurai P. Varadarajan, the DK General Council Member for their help in collecting rare photos.

I am indebted to the Commissioner of Archives, Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai, the Librarians of the Parliament Library, and Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi; Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly Library, Chennai; the Libraries of The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Dinamani, Daily Thanthi and Viduthalai, at Chennai; Madras University Library, Madurai Kamaraj University Library, Alagappa University Library, and Tamil University Library; and Saraswathy Mahal Library at Thanjavur.

I sincerely thank Dr S. Shanmugiah, Registrar, Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai, Dr V. Murugan, Professor of English, Retd., Presidency College, Chennai; Dr S. Vincent, Former Professor and Head, Dept. of English, Arul Anandar College, Madurai and Mr.’s. Krishnasamy, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai, who have gone through the manuscript and offered valuable suggestions.

I am grateful to the editor and publisher of the English weekly The Rising Sun published by the Murasoli Trust, Chennai, for continuously publishing this work serially in their esteemed magazine and for giving me permission to publish the same in book form.

I appreciate my personal assistants Mrs. B. Hemalatha and Mrs. P. Mallika for their neat typing of the written script. My appreciations are also due to M/S Alamu Printings Works, Chennai-14, for the neat printing.

I am grateful to M/S Siga Educational Trust, Villupuram, for their generosity in sponsoring this publication.

A. Ramasamy

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