Educational institutions to be closed tomorrow in Tamil Nadu

Educational institutions to be closed tomorrow in Tamil Nadu

Kauvery Hospital released a statement expressing anguish over his death at 6:10 PM.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, the five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu and president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) passed away in Chennai on Tuesday.

He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India's Tamil Nadu state.

Karunanidhi made his presence felt in Tamil cinema as a playwright and screenwriter.

Karunanidhi entered politics at the age of 14, after being inspired by a speech made by Alagiriswami of the Justice Party in 1932.

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. His supporters and fans in Tamil Nadu were anxiously waiting to hear good news about his health after he was admitted to hospital on July 28.

Karunanidhi was first elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly in 1957 from the Kulithalai assembly of Thiruchirapalli district. For the past few years, Karunanidhi was confined to a wheelchair.

Tributes have poured in from around India, a clear indication of the stature of the Tamil leader on the federal scene.

Karunanidhi's predecessor Annadurai was also in office when he died.

"As the DMK began to engage in electoral politics, the hard edge of social reform in its films was softened and the films increasingly became vehicles for promoting the party as such rather than reform ideology". Jayalalithaa who lost her own seat was slapped with several corruption cases including DA case which haunted her till her death.

In his long political career, if there could be one single issue that has continued to trouble Karunanidhi and his party, politically, it is corruption charges.

Karunanidhi's government was dismissed twice. Alagiri was a Union minister during the UPA government, while Stalin is now the treasurer of DMK and has been declared Karunanidhi's successor in the party.

The DMK will now be led by M.K. Stalin, Karunanidhi's son and successor.

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