On Madras Day, a tale of the first election and ‘funny politics’ 

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Madras Presidency had a tumultuous time when it came to politics. Image: Prathap Ravishankar

Much before India attained Independence, Madras Presidency  was a large swathe of land that included the present-day states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka and Kerala (the Malabar region). It, however, excluded the princely states of Puducottai, Banganapalle and Sandur.

Madras Presidency. Source: Wikipedia

The capital of this diverse and rich presidency was Madras city, where the first elections took place a little under a 100 years ago. On the occasion of Madras Day, let’s take a look at how the first election panned out in pre-Independent Madras.

Background to the elections

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