Educational institutions to be closed tomorrow in Tamil Nadu

Arturo Kim
August 7, 2018

He contested - and won - 13 elections in the state.

A statement released by the hospital said that "despite the best possible efforts of our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond".

Earlier in the day, senior DMK leader Duraimurugan said outside Kauvery Hospital that a delegation of party leaders met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Tuesday and asked for space on Marina beach to bury Karunanidhi.

Following the reports of "decline" in Karunanidhi's health, DMK cadres thronged the Chennai hospital again on Monday. Many were seen weeping and chanting slogans hailing the leader.

The transition from Annadurai to Karunanidhi is a rallying point not just for the DMK, but also for the state's politics. However, it lasted only for two years as he was dismissed by the then Prime Minister Chandrasekar on charges of helping the LTTE in the state. He then founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram which was the first student movement of the Dravidian movement.

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"We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalized".

Mr Karunanidhi was born in 1924. Tamil Nadu is now in a unsafe state of non-governance.

An outspoken atheist in a country where politicians often trumpet their piety, Karunanidhi built his political machine as a crusader for social justice, with policies aimed at helping those at the bottom of India's rigid Hindu caste hierarchy. That was the impact he has created on Tamil Nadu politics in his eight-decade-long political career. "He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu's voice was effectively heard", Modi said. Kalaignar means artist in Tamil, and the reference is a nod to his widely recognised contributions to film and literature. Parasakthi, a successful play written by Pavalar Balasundaram, was penned for the screen by Karunanidhi in 1952. He was known popularly as Kalaignar largely because of his screenwriting and other scholarly works.

Riding on an anti-incumbency wave, Karunanidhi became Chief Minister for the fourth time in 1996.

His popularity rivalled that of J. Jayalalithaa, another powerful leader from Tamil Nadu whose death sparked a huge outpouring of grief.

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