Decline of landlordism
Empowered tenants and agricultural labourers
The DMK’S rise to power in 1967 led to the passing of several laws that in Tamil Nadu in important ways and consolidated political power among the lower castes. Karunanidhi was central to these socio-economic changes.
DESPITE HAVING EMERGED AS A MODEL State in recent years, Tamil Nadu has often been critiqued for its poor implementation of land reforms. Although many laws have been passed, the existing literature on these measures repeatedly highlight the enormous loopholes in them and the poor implementation of the provisions of these laws.
In this context, one would therefore naturally presume that landlordism would have thrived in its earlier form with high levels of tenancy and stiff rents, particularly in areas such as the Cauvery delta region, which has been noted for high incidence of tenancy. However, land-
J. JEYARANJAN MAY 27, 1990: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi giving away land pattas belonging to the Vadamathimangalam Sugarcane Corporation to a landless farm labourer.