Karunanidhi health: Is DMK chief suffering from jaundice?

Geneva Stokes
August 7, 2018

His protest at Kallakudi, in Trichy, to change the name of the railway station from Dalmiapuram to Kallakudi became a turning point in his political career. For the past few years, Karunanidhi was confined to a wheelchair.

Born on June 3, 1924 at Thirukkuvalai in the Tanjore District, Karunanidhi came from a humble and poor family.

His last active presence in politics was in 2016 when he had a tracheotomy.

Murasoli's high point was its fierce and principled opposition to the Emergency when it carried a cartoon that depicted Indira Gandhi as Adolf Hitler, which was later picked up and published by Newsweek.

By his 20s, he was making his way into politics, growing close to C.N. Annadurai, the founder of the DMK.

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. Parasakthi, a successful play written by Pavalar Balasundaram, was penned for the screen by Karunanidhi in 1952.

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With Sivaji Ganesan making his debut, it marked the beginning of a new era.

His sharp dialogues and screenplay in Parasakthi (1952) made the movie a trendsetter in Tamil cinema.

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".

The place for the burial of the leader is still under doubts as the Tamil Nadu government rejected the DMK's demand for allotting space on the Marina beach. Mr Karunanidhi's DMK swept the election, riding a wave of anti-incumbency.

Chennai: Hours after DMK chief M. Karunanidhi died here today after waging a grim battle for life for 11 days, a major controversy erupted over where he will be buried.

In 1989, in the first post-MGR era election, Karunanidhi triumphed and became Chief Minister for the third time. DMK started taking interest in the national political scene when late Murasoli Maran became Minister in the V P Singh government.

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