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‘Kongu Nadu’, a region not formally defined, yet the subject of a ‘bifurcation’

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    14th Jul, 2021


A list of new Union Cabinet ministers issued by the Government has triggered a debate by referring to ‘Kongu Nadu’, the informal name for a region in the western part of the state.

About Kongu Nadu

  • ‘Kongu Nadu’ is a commonly used name for part of western Tamil Nadu.
  • The region is mentioned as a separate territory in Sangam literature.
  • In the present state of Tamil Nadu, the term is informally used to refer to a region that includes the districts of Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Karur, Namakkal and Salem, as well as Oddanchatram and Vedasandur in Dindigul district, and Pappireddipatti in Dharmapuri district.
  • The name derives from Kongu Vellala Gounder, an OBC community with a significant presence in these districts.
  • The region carries a significant place with the view of its rich mineral resources and ecological value.

Proposed states and UTs of India

Several new states and union territories have been created out of the existing states since 1956. Still, there are demands for the formation of new states. Some of them are given as: