M Karunanidhi passes away at 94, Tamil film fraternity pays tribute

Aaron Brown
August 8, 2018

As a controversy erupted over Tamil Nadu government's denial of land at Marina beach for the burial of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the opposition DMK moved the Madras High Court with a plea for an urgent hearing in the matter. "All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement.

The mortal remains of M Karunanidhi, who died at Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday evening, is being brought to his his Gopalapuram residence.

Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.

Karunanidhi was born on June 3, 1924 in a small village named Thirukkuvalai in Tamil Nadu.

Mr Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after suffering a drop in his blood pressure and a urinary tract infection.

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Leading them was Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

DMK cadres held impromptu protests and engaged in sloganeering demanding a place for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina beach. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the DMK leader was one of the leading and longstanding politicians of our country who left a mark of his own during his long public life of about 80 years including 56 years as member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.

The Press Trust of India news agency said a security alert had been sounded across the state, bearing in mind the outbreaks of violence in the past over the deaths of popular figures.

He introduced many social welfare measures, particularly for the poor, and played a huge role in converting Tamil Nadu into one of India's more prosperous states. The dialogues in chaste Tamil espoused with Dravidian ideology became an element of Tamil political history and it was also a landmark for many other movies to use cinema as a tool for Dravidian politics. Throughout his impressive political career, Karunanidhi has won 12 assembly elections has been appointed the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times. Roads outside the hospital and at Karunanidhi's residence were packed with people. It is only sitting Chief Ministers who are buried on the Marina Beach.

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