Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies at 94

Earlier state Congress president S Thirunavukkarasar informed the media after visiting Kauvery Hospital today that there was a minor setback in "Kalaignar's" condition this morning. August 7th's medical bulletin said that his condition was "extremely critical" and 'unstable.

Meanwhile there are reports that his son MK Stalin had left the Cauvery Hospital around 10 pm on Monday night.

Veteran Indian politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi has died at the age of 94. His third wife was Rajathiammal, with whom he had a daughter- Kanimozhi.

Mr Karunanidhi was among the proponents of the Dravidian movement, which defines Tamil Nadu politics and espouses rationalism, atheism and challenged the dominance of the upper caste Brahmins.

However the latest statement from the Tamil Nadu Government has denied the request of the DMK leader's family which was also his dying wish. The minister wrote on Twitter, "Deeply saddened by the demise of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kalaignar Karunanidhi".

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

He also made enormous contributions to Tamil literature and cinema.

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

Hundreds of his supporters had swarmed the Kauvery Hospital, praying for the well-being of the leader.

The DMK chief's literary pursuit began with a handwritten magazine "Manavanesan" while he was still in school at Tiruvarur. He has devoted a major chunk of his life to Tamil literature and film industry, reforming the way people think in the process.

As an author, he penned six volumes of his autobiography, Nenjukku Neethi, in Tamil language.

He was a man of letters who enriched the Tamil language with poems, novels, screenplays and plays, Vijayan said. He had claimed that the secret of his energy and success lies in yoga and that he was an atheist.

Years later, the two were to part ways, with MGR, as Ramachandran was popularly called, forming the AIADMK, the party which was to become a perennial thorn in Karunanidhi's side. Who is this Rama? His mortal remains would be kept at Rajaji Hall for VIPs and public to pay homage, she said.

  • Rogelio Becker