DMK's Karunanidhi Demise : A Gaping Hole in the Politics of Tamil Nadu - Every Corner A Story


CHENNAI, INDIA: The DMK Patriarch M. Karunanidhi is no more. The news came around 6.40 pm in the evening saying that with deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi on 7th August 2018 at 6:10 pm., despite the best possible efforts by the team of doctors and the nurses, mourning the loss of the tallest leaders of India and sharing the grief for family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide. At 5.10 pm, Dravidian Icon breathed his last inside the Kaveri Hospital.

Karunanidhi's career spanned from being scriptwriter to a seasoned politician who would be the five-time Chief Minister of the state Tamil Nadu. Karunanidhi's birth name was Dakshinamurthy, his family belonging to the Isai Vellalar caste or temple musicians, and would double up as barbers on special occasions. The experiences of the caste oppression made the young Dakshinamurthy identify himself as a part of the oppressed classes.


Inspired by the Justice Party and ideals of social equality, rational thoughts, and self-respect, he became an activist at the age of just 14. In the year 1944, at just the age of 20, he became a scriptwriter for Jupiter Pictures, where his first-ever script cast MG Ramachandran (MGR) as the hero, who later then became his close friend and eventually a political foe. In the late year of 1952, he wrote 'Parasakthi' with an underlying theme of a demand for a Dravidian Nation and the cry against the caste oppression which stirred the Tamil masses.

Karunanidhi pushed the DMK's ideological line of justice, equality, rational thought, self-respect, Tamil pride and identity and 'anti-Brahaminism'. Due to which in the late year of 1957, Karunanidhi made the first-time entry into the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Kulithalai seat in Trichy. The growth of him in the party was impressive and now can't be ignored by the fellows which gave him the efficient power to be the Deputy Leader of the opposition and the party treasurer. After Anna died, he became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in the year 1969 for the first time.

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