After spending a glorious and respected life, former five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi passes away on Tuesday at Kauvery hospital by leaving behind a long story to be inspired by his life.
Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, kauvery hospital executive director after his dismiss said, “With deep anguish the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi at 6.10pm on August 7, 2018. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond’.
He added, “We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide”.
To mourn for the legendary politician, the Tamil Nadu government announced public holiday on Wednesday and seven-day mourning to give respect to the former CM of the state. polticians from all over the nation reached Tamil Nadu to bid last Salute to Karunanidhi.
Born in a cast-ridden society of southern China, Karunanidhi was brought up in poor family and at an early age of 14, he started to make a living by writing the scripts for the theatre groups. Soon, he was appointed as the editor of the magazine of Dravidar Kazhgam by Periyar and base for his political career was set up from there.
After the independence, Dravidar Kazhgam was splited into two party which led Karunanidhi to join the splinter group led by CN Annadurai and hence Dravida Munnetra kazhgam (DMK) was formed.
Politics in Tamil Nadu at that time go hand in hand with film industry as scientist Robert L Hardgrave said, “The DMK’s involvement in the Tamil film industry is rooted in the Dravidian Movement for non-brahmin uplift South India”.
Film writeups played an important role of influence on Tamil Nadu’s crowd as number of dramas brought a social reform in the history of political career in the state.
Once in an interview, Karunanidhi said, “My idea was to introduce the ideas and policies of social reform and justice in the films and bring up the status of Tamil Language as they were called for in DMK policies”.
In 1967, DMK emerged as the largest party in Tamil Nadu and uprooted the long set congress party that never came back in power alone after that. When in 1969, when the senior most leader of DMK, Annadurai passed away, Karunanidhi took over the charge by fighting with all the internal politics in the party and emerged as the Chief Minister of the state.
Once he hold the position of CM, he ruled for 20 years thus serving Tamil Nadu for consecutively 20 years.
In the Early’s 1970, the party again faced a major split when party member M.G. Ramachandran left the party and form his group titled as AIADMK who sweep DMK in the next election.
After his opposition came in power, Karunanidhi was engulfed with the corruption allegations and 2G spectrum case that led the party to dissolve ultimately.
In 1999, DMK joined hands with BJP and contest election which led the party to come in power again but in 2003, they withdrew their support and moved towards congress to contest the 2004 and 2009 election and hence emerged as victorious both the times.
Despite of the allegations, no one can snatch away the legacy he left behind as it profoundly took up his role in cinema as well as in politics by bringing a social reform in the society and ultimately leaves footprints for the coming decades.