Dravidian icon M Karunanidhi passes away at the age of 94


"There has been decline in the medical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu".

The statement further said that Karunanidhi's response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis.

Mr Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after suffering a drop in his blood pressure and a urinary tract infection. Impressed with his writings, Periyar and Annadurai made him the editor of their party magazine "Kudiyarasu".

After independence, Periyar's movement split into two.

After assuming the reins of the government, Karunanidhi became the DMK chief in July 1969, a post that he held till death. He was the party's first treasurer and was elected to the assembly in 1957.

Addressed as Mu Ka, Tamil abbreviation of his name, by his peers, Karunanidhi's letters to DMK cadres in party mouthpiece Murasoli and his autobiography-cum-commentary on contemporary politics Nenjukku Needhi, are the favourite reading material for his supporters.

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His death marked the end of an era in politics in the key southern Indian state. He has often exhorted in favour of widow-remarriage, abolition of zamindari, dissolution of untouchability and self-respect marriage - marriages conducted without being officiated by a Brahmin priest.

He was a prolific literary figure, apparently penning over 2 lakh pages of poems, novels, biographies, plays, songs and dialogues in his lifetime. On July 29, his vitals seemed to fluctuated for sometime after which the hospital issued a bulletin saying that his condition had stabilised.

The DMK wanted to bury Karunanidhi at Marina Beach along with several icons of Dravidian movement, but was denied permission by the AIADMK government. Padmanvati, his first wife, passed away early. Some people even claim that he revolutionised what we now understand as Tamil literature. In 2014, his party contests the election alone and loses.

Continuing Annadurai's argument that an ideal Centre is the one which left sufficient powers with the states and kept just enough power with itself to protect the integrity and sovereignty of the country, Karunanidhi continued to work on the footsteps of his predecessor.

In recent times, Karunanidhi and DMK achieved infamy for their alleged role in the 2G scam.

"Film artists brought glamor and electoral support to the DMK".