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Obituary : Dr. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi, Dravidian stalwart

Obituary : Dr. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi, Dravidian stalwart

Tamilnadu Muslim Cultural Association (TMCA), Kuwait is deeply saddened by the demise of DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) patriarch and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Kalaignar  Karunanidhi.

A veteran politician, champion of federalism, and mass leader who showed how a regional party leader can become indispensible in the national political sphere.  The oldest political leader in India and the last of the Dravidian stalwarts, Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi had the rare distinction of having never lost an election - he contested 13 times since 1957 and worked with at least nine prime ministers.  He was a great human being, his contributions to Tamil Nadu and national politics always be remembered.

Karunanidhi was a strong advocate of the rights of the State governments, State autonomy and federalism, and he secured the right for Chief Ministers to hoist the national flag on Independence Day. He had been a five-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president for nearly 50 years.

Born in Tirukkuvalai (near Tiruvarur) in the erstwhile Thanjavur district on June 3, 1924, Kalaignar Karunanidhi, a doyen of public life, was a multifaceted personality -journalist, playwright, script writer - whose fiery dialogues as an iconoclast in films unleashed changes in Tamil Nadu's social scene. 'Kalaignar's proficiency in arts and literature, fashioned theatre in a way that gave a fillip to the Dravidian movement and the rise of DMK as a major pole in Tamil Nadu. His magical voice hypnotised the audience for hours, his wit and oratory skills. His contributions to Tamil literature, arts and politics are unparalled

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