Published On: Wed, Aug 8th, 2018

An atheist who governed even as religion ruled politics

M_Karunanidhi DMK supremo M Karunanidhi who traversed from being a scriptwriter to a politician and a seasoned chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times, took his last breath at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on 08-08-2018. As called by his followers has kalaignar, the leader of the Dravidian Self-respect movement and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, leaves Tamil Nadu deep mourning.

Karunanidhi born on 3rd June 1924 in Thirukkuvalai village, his birth name was Dakshinamurthy. His parents Mr Muthuvelu and Mrs Anju were from the Isai Vellalar caste or temple musicians as well as double up as barbers on particular circumstances. The experiences of caste force, made a young Karunanidhi identify himself strongly as a part of the oppressed groups. (HT Correspondent).

His interest towards drama, poetry and literature during his school life and inspiration by Azhagirisamy gave birth to an organization “youth revitalized the organization” Which supported youths enhance their passion and writing. He also engaged the student community in social work with other members. Before entering into the politics he worked in the Tamil film Industry as a screenwriter. His first script cast was to M G Ramachandran (MGR) as Hero, his relationship with him planted the seed of politics. Some of his notable work was Rajakumari, Parasakasakthi to name a few. Also, a receipt of “Raja Rajan Award “ by Tamil University Thanjavur for his book “Thenpandi Singam”

Kalaignar became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time from 1969-1976 and also the first leader of DMK. The significant protest served Karunanidhi in gaining ground in Tamil politics was his association in the kalakudi agitation.
When the DMK leadership came active in 1967, he became the Minister for Public Works. After a brief stint as Chief Minister during the late 1980’s (his government was dismissed by the central government on the accusation of degrading Law and order situation in the state). After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, Karunanidhi became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again in 1996 following a sweeping electoral win in the preceding elections.

Following a five year rule, his party lost at the elections to J. Jayalalitha’s AIADMK in 2001. But he had a powerful come back as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 13 May 2006 by defeating J. Jayalalitha in the election.
Karunanidhi governed Tamil Nadu five times as chief minister and was known for his oratory, wit, writing and his outspoken atheism.

The statesman is still relevant, known for his oratory, wit, writing and his outspoken atheism. Tamil Nadu mourns the loss of an icon and is still yelling for a leader like him.


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An atheist who governed even as religion ruled politics