Tamil screenwriter and politician M. Karunanidhi passes away at 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

DMK president M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday after prolonged illness at the age of 94 in Chennai's Kauvery Hospital.

While MGR rose to become one of the most popular public figures in Tamil Nadu's history, Ganesan dabbled in politics but faded from the scene quickly. Abirami Ramanathan and Rohini Pannerselvam, who are members of the Theatre's Association have cancelled all the shows of evening and night across the state. Since then, Murasoli played a significant role in advancing causes championed by Periyar E.V. Ramasamy's Dravidian movement and later in nurturing the DMK as a political party through the writings of C.N. Annadurai and Karunanidhi.

"On behalf of the United States Mission in India, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of former Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi and the people of Tamil Nadu".

The DMK chief was previously admitted in the Kauvery Hospital in December 2016 after he complained of breathing difficulties.

Popularly known as "Kalaignar", Tamil for artist, Karunanidhi made his foray into politics in 1957 when he was elected to the legislative assembly of what was then known as Madras state.




The 94-year old leader was admitted to the hospital on July 28 following a dip in his blood pressure. Both were Karunanidhi's bitter foes in politics. Tamil Nadu DGP ordered all police officers to report on duty immediately.

In 2007, his remarks over Lord Rama in conection with Ramsetu bridge stormed a huge political controversy when he allegedly said, "Some say there was a person over 1.7 million years ago". He was one of the senior most leaders of India.

June 23-27, 2010: Organises first World Classical Tamil Conference, at Coimbatore, pinnacle of his love for Tamil language and literature. "Maintain peace", said Stalin, Karunanidhi's political heir, in a statement.

The Thalaivar struck back, wresting power from her in 2006, but the DMK lost successive Assembly polls in 2011 and 2015 to the AIADMK under a charismatic Jayalalithaa.

He is survived by two wives and six children, including DMK working president and heir apparent M.K. Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP.

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