Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK President M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday due to multi-organ failure. Karunanidhi was 94, he was hospitalized in Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital on July 28 due to health issues.
Karunanidhi was born as Dakshinamurthy, he later changed his name to Karunanidhi as because it is a pure Tamil name and does not have any Brahminical tinge in it.
Karunanidhi is survived by his sons, MK Alagiri (his estranged son), DMK working President MK Stalin, and his daughter, Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP
Karunanidhi’s Political career
He begins his political career at the age of 14-year-old as an activist in the anti-Hindi agitation of the late 1930s, he rose to become the voice of the surging Dravidian movement which was led by ‘Periyar’ EV Ramasami, CN Annadurai ‘Anna’, and others.
Karunanidhi started his career as a screenwriter in the Tamil film industry. His political ideas were propagated through the movie ‘Parasakthi’.
In the year1957, he was elected as the part of Tamil Nadu assembly from Kulithalai assembly. In 1961, he goes on to became the DMK treasurer and a year after that he became the deputy leader in the state assembly from oppositions.
In 1967, he became the PWD minister and was then became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1969 for the first time. He has always stayed in the top position for five terms. In July 2018, he entered the 50th year as the party chief.