Dravida Nadu

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Dravida Nadu was also the name of a Tamil language publication started by C. N. Annadurai.


Dravida Nadu (Tamil: திராவிட நாடு), also known as Dravidistan or Dravidasthan, was the name of a proposed sovereign state for all speakers of Dravidian languages in South Asia. Initially, the demand of Dravida Nadu proponents was limited to Tamil-speaking region, but later, it was expanded to include other Indian states with Dravidian speakers in majority (Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka.) Some of the proponents also included parts of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Orissa and Maharashtra.

The movement for Dravida Nadu was at its height from 1940s to 1960s, but due to fears of Tamil hegemony, it failed to find any support outside Tamil Nadu. The States Reorganisation Act 1956, which created linguistic States, weakened the demand further. During the same time, the ruling Nehru regime declared secessionism as an illegal act. Consequently, Tamil politicians were forced to abandon the claim for Dravida Nadu - now geographically limited to modern Tamil Nadu - completely in 1963.

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