M. Karunanidhi, born as Muthuvel Karunanidhi on June 3, 1924, and passed away on August 7, 2018, was a highly influential Indian politician and leader in the state of Tamil Nadu. He was a prominent figure in Tamil Nadu politics for several decades and played a pivotal role in the Dravidian movement and the state’s political landscape.
Karunanidhi was associated with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a regional political party in Tamil Nadu, for most of his political career. He joined the party in its early days and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming one of its key leaders. He held various positions within the DMK, including being the party’s President for several terms.
Karunanidhi served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five separate terms. He held this position from 1969 to 1971, 1971 to 1976, 1989 to 1991, 1996 to 2001, and 2006 to 2011, making him one of the longest-serving Chief Ministers in the history of India. During his tenure, he implemented various social welfare schemes, introduced progressive policies, and focused on developmental initiatives in the state.
As a politician, Karunanidhi was known for his powerful oratory skills, his ability to connect with the masses, and his unwavering commitment to the welfare of the Tamil people. He actively advocated for the rights of the Tamil-speaking population and championed the cause of social justice.
Karunanidhi also had a successful career as a screenwriter and playwright in the Tamil film industry, often using his works to convey political messages and propagate social reform. His contributions to Tamil literature and the arts earned him accolades and recognition.
M. Karunanidhi’s demise on August 7, 2018, marked the end of an era in Tamil Nadu politics, but his legacy and contributions continue to be remembered by the people of Tamil Nadu and the political landscape of the state.