Ka-lai-nyar Karunanidhi won after death too!
Chennai: M. Karunanidhi, a gifted writer and a veteran politician, who was called as ‘Kalaignar’ and never lost Assembly elections died on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 in Chennai at the age 94, won in High Court even after death.
Madras High Court, on Wednesday, 8th August 2018 allowed to conduct the final rites of Karunanidhi at Marina beach where the Chief Ministers Anna Durai, M.G. Ramachandran and J. Jayalalitha burried, even though he is former Chief Minister. He will be the first former Chief Minister to be buried at Marina beach.
The Madras High Court granted permission to bury the mortal remains of late DMK leader M.Karunanidhi on Wednesday. The High Court also dismissed petitions filed by Traffic Ramaswamy, PMK’s K. Balu and DK’s Doraisamy last year challenging construction of memorials on the Marina in Chennai. The court held a special sitting at 8 a.m. today to resume the hearing on a petition filed by the DMK seeking permission to bury party leader M. Karunanidhi’s mortal remains at the Anna Memorial on the Marina.
Karunanidhi, was reverentially called "Kalaignar" by his cadres. What does that mean?
The Tamil word can be translated into "scholar of arts". If you don't speak the language, here's an approximation of the correct pronounciation: "Ka-lai-nyar".
Leave out the "ga" sound.
Karunanidhi wasn't just a formidable politician; he was also a man of letters. He worked as a screenwriter in Kollywood, and even wrote a commentary on perhaps the most famous lines of verse in Tamil civilisation: the Thirukkural. He was a figted Screenwriter in Tamil film industry.
But it is his life in politics that cements his legend. He served as Tamil Nadu's chief minister five times, and led the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party for decades.
He never lost an election to an MLA seat.
President Ram Nath Kovind said of the veteran leader that as "as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India, he has few peers."
"Our country is poorer today," the president tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other veterans paid their last tribute to DMK Patriarch on Wednesday, 8th August 2018.