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In spite of Indian Government’s economic discrimination of Tamil Nadu State (and all southern and eastern states in general), Tamilnadu attracts foreign investments in industries and information technology because of the forward looking policies of the state government, irrespective of the political party in power, and the well-educated and hard-working local workforce. Tamil Nadu could do much better if only India would let Tamil Nadu keep much of its taxes to develop its own infrastructure to meet local needs quickly and responsively. Tamil Nadu and some other non-Hindi states are now subsidizing Hindi states for over six decades.

"India's growth would have progressed better if it comprised its southern and western parts only...The rest of the country held the South and West back", so said P. Chidamparam, Minister of Finance, India (2004-2008) to the American Ambassador in August 2009. He was at that time the Home Minister of India, a position considered higher than Finance Minister.


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Key Articles

Politics of Economic Discrimination

Direct Economic Discrimination

Discrimination in Infrastructure (railways, highways. power plants, water projects, internet cable system, etc.)

Indirect Discrimination through Biased Indian Economic Policies

Discrimination through Biased Taxation Structure


Key Articles

20110701 Is Tamil Nadu Economically Discriminated In India? (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2011 (14 KB) (e)

Author argues that the answer is "yes" and quotes a former Indian Finance Minister.

20021101 Indian Economy and Finances: A Case Study of Economic Favouritism to Hindi States (by P. Ramamurthy and Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2002 (18 KB) (e)

Authors study in depth an example of how the Hindi speaking state of Uttaranchal was favored in Indian Government grants, aids and tax cuts while many non-Hindi states were also going through financial hardship.

20060402 Tamil Nadu and Globalization (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2006 (9 KB) (e, f)

At a time when the whole world is moving towards globalization, why do you want Tamil Nadu to separate from India? Author argues that an independent Tamil Nadu would prosper under economic globalization.

20030201 A DEBATE: Is Tamil Nadu Discriminated in India? ( No: Vasudevan, Yes: Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2003 (30 KB) (e, h)

A debate about economic discrimination and Hindi imposition. (Section 2 discusses economic discrimination)

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Politics of Economic Discrimination

20060202 Annadurai on Central Government Ministers from Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2006 (9 KB) (e, f)

From C. N. Annadurai's maiden speech at the Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in 1962

20030602 Paper Projects for Tamilnadu, Real Projects for Hindi States (by K. Anantharaman), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2003 (9 KB) (e)

How the Indian Government discriminates Tamil Nadu in railway projects through a "deceptive" tactic?

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Direct Economic Discrimination

20021101 Indian Economy and Finances: A Case Study of Economic Favouritism to Hindi States (by P. Ramamurthy and Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2002 (18 KB) (e)

Authors study in depth an example of how the Hindi speaking state of Uttaranchal was favored in Indian Government grants, aids and tax cuts while many non-Hindi states were also going through financial hardship.

20041002 Tamilnadu Sugarcane Growers get a Bitter Pill from India (by C. Arunachalam), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2004 (7 KB) (e)

Economic discrimination of Tamil Nadu sugarcane growers by Indian Government. Indian government's special favors to Haryana, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh sugarcane growers; all three are Hindi states.

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Discrimination in Infrastructure (railways, highways. power plants, water projects, internet cable system, etc.)

20121101 Tamil Nadu Discriminated in Indian Railway Budget - Chief Minister Jayalalithaa (by K. Anantharaman, Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2012 (11 KB) (e)

Discrimination of Tamilnadu in railway projects.

20030602 Paper Projects for Tamilnadu, Real Projects for Hindi States (by K. Anantharaman), TAMIL TRIBUNE, June 2003 (9 KB) (e)

How the Indian Government discriminates Tamil Nadu in railway projects through a "deceptive" tactic?

20010301 Indian Government Chokes Software Industry in Tamil Nadu (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2001 (18 KB) (e)

Title is self-explanatory.

19980903 Dharmapuri Drinking Water Project (by P. V. Velu), TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 1998 (5 KB) (e)

A discussion of discrimination in Indian government funding for drinking water projects.

19981003 India hinders Power Projects in Tamil Nadu (by P.V. Velu), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 1998 (7 KB) (e)

Title is self-explanatory.

20130501 National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Tamil Nadu State at Crossroads (by K. Anantharaman), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2013 (7 KB) (e)

Is NHAI holding Tamil Nadu highway projects on hold to force Tamil Nadu to allow environmentally unacceptable quarrying?

20130502 Rameswaram - Dhanuskodi National Highway Project Stalled in Tamil Nadu (by K. Anantharaman, Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2013 (8 KB) (e)

Title is self-explanatory.

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Indirect Discrimination through Biased Indian Economic Policies

20010702 Kerala's Coconut Farmers and Tamil Nadu's Textile Workers are starved to Enrich Hindian Businesses (by Lalitha Krishnan Nair), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2001 (11 KB) (e)

Title is self-explanatory.

19990403 Rice, Wheat and Hindi (by T. Ranganathan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 1999 (7 KB) (e)

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20121202 Discrimination in Kerosene (Cooking Fuel) Allocation - India and Tamil Nadu Government (by V. P. Govindarajan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 2012 (6 KB) (e)

Indian government discriminates Tamilnadu in kerosene allocation. Tamil Nadu should be able to buy kerosene directly from the market without having to beg and plead to India.

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Discrimination through Biased Taxation Structure

20000303 Indian Government Interferes in State Sales Tax (by V. P. Govindarajan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2000 (10 KB) (e)

Another example of Indian government’s favoritism to Hindi states. Its new sales tax structure benefits Hindi states and hurts some non-Hindi states including Tamilnadu. Examples given.

20010401 Import Taxes, Excise Taxes and the Discrimination of Tamil Nadu (by T. Manohar), TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2001 (12 KB) (e)

Indian Government discriminate against Tamil Nadu and some other non-Hindi states through its import, export and excise tax policies.

20131001 Tamil Nadu State and the Indian Central Government Sales Tax Compensation (by V. P. Govindarajan), TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2013 (6 KB) (e)

Unilateral decision to reduce sales tax compensation hurts Tamil Nadu.

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