The curtain falls down on the life of the DMK political patriarch
By Siva Sivapragasam
Former five-times Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and leader of the DMK party ninety – four year old Muthuvel Karunanidhi has passed away after battling with his illness over the last two weeks at the Chennai Kauvery Hospital.
The DMK Leader was taken ill two weeks ago with a urinary tract infection and has been at the Kauvery Hospital where he was on a 24 hour continuous monitoring and treated with active medical support.
His health condition deteriorated a day ago causing a challenge and concern to the doctors treating him at the Kauvery Hospital.
Karunanidhi was five times Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu which boasts as India’s largest culturally famous state with a population of over fifty-million. He was better and more known as” Kalaignar”. He was the leader of the DMK Party founded by Periyar and nurtured by Arignar Annathurai.
Karunanidhi started his journey in politics at a tender age listening to the speeches of Periyar the founder of the Dravidian movement and watching his mentor and DMK leader Annathurai addressing meetings. Karunanidhi was gifted with a dual skill – an oratorical talent and finesse in film script writing. Karunanidhi was a diplomatic politician par excellence and possessed an extraordinary skill in maneuvering difficult political situations.Apart from his political ability, Karunanidhi was an excellent film script writer and the films for which he wrote the dialogues were all box- office hits. Two such films were “Parasakthi”,a social satire and “Manohara”,a historical movie.
The DMK Leader and former Chief Minister would probably receive a state funeral.