Karunanidhi

Indian politician and former Tamil Nadu, India chief minister, Muthuvel Karunanidhi passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai, India on August 7, 2018. The ten time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party, was being treated for age-related illness that leg to multiple organ failure and passed away at 6:10 am at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai.

Mr. Karunanidhi had served as the chief minister if the state of Tamil Nadu five times between 1969 and 2011. The politician was a school drop-out and had become a successful script writer in the Tamil film industry. The state police has increased the security in the city of Chennai with fear of unrest among the supporters, who have gathered on the street on a large scale.

Mr. Karunanidhi remained active in politics and the recent election that he contested was in 2016 state assembly against his long-time opponent Jayaram Jayalalitha, who passed away later in 2016. The politician who was also known as Kalaignar (an artist) became popular in the political scenario during the 40s as a part of the Dravidian Movement that had challenged the supremacy of the upper caste Brahmins and through his participation in the anti-Hindi language agitations.

Mr. Karunanidhi was a fiery speaker and a prolific writer and was also known for his wit and oratory. He was also the founding member of the DMK when the party was formed in 1949 and contested the Tamil Nadu state assembly elections for the first time in 1957. Overall, he contested 13 assembly elections and won a seat in all of them. Mr. Karunanidhi has been the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times. Talking about his creative side, he not only wrote scripts and wrote stories but also wrote plays and poems. During school he was more interested in drama, poetry and literature and has also made contributions to Tamil Literature.

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