DMK chief MK Stalin paid tribute to party patriarch and his father M Karunanidhi on his 95th birth anniversary this morning in Chennai.
M Karunanidhi, five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who dominated the state’s politics for six decades, died last year on August 7. He and been in and out of hospital for more than a year before his death.
The DMK patriarch had a colossal mass following, like arch rivals MG Ramachandran and Jayaram Jayalalitha.
Born in Thirukkuvalai on June 3, 1924, a small village in Thanjavur District (now Nagapattinam), M Karunanidhi was drawn to the Dravidian movement led by reformist leader Periyar EVR as a teen.
Like MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, Mr Karunanidhi quit a flourishing career in movies to devote himself to politics and the Dravidian movement led by Periyar EVR, which he joined soon after it started in 1949.
A young Karunanidhi was noticed for first time when he led the famous “Kallakudi agitation” in 1953, lying over railway tracks.
Tributes also poured on social media as people remembered Karunanidhi’s contributions in developing the state.
Social media users tweeted using hashtag #HBDKalaignar96. “Kalaignar”, which means artiste in Tamil, was known for his film scripts – a skill that also probably helped him in his political career.
Many users fondly remembered him as “Father of Modern Tamil Nadu” in their posts.Source:News