C. N. Annadurai

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C. N. Annadurai

Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai (15 September 1909 – 3 February 1969), also known as Arignar Anna or Perarignar Anna (Anna, the scholar or Elder Brother),was an Indian politician who served as the fifth and last Chief Minister of Madras State from 1967 until 1969 and first Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for 20 days (after Madras State was rechristened Tamil Nadu) before his death. He was the first member of a Dravidian party to hold either post.


  • If we had to accept the principle of numerical superiority while selecting our national bird, the choice would have fallen not on the peacock but on the common crow.
    • A.S. Raman, 'A meeting with C. N. Annadurai', Illustrated Weekly of India, 26 September 1965.

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