Chennai: It was the morning of July 15, 1953. His protest at Kallakudi, in Trichy, to change the name of the railway station from Dalmiapuram to Kallakudi became a turning point in his political career.
It wouldn't be until 1989, two years after MGR's death that Karunanidhi would step back into the Chief Minister's chair. The arrangements have already been made for people to pay their homage, said the party.
Born in the backward Isai Vellala community in the obscure village of Thirukuvalai in Thanjavur district to Muthuvel and Anjugam on June 3, 1924, he has climbed up a hard ladder to rise as one of the towering personalities in Indian politics. He actively pursued his passion for screenwriting and remained close to it despite being active in politics.
Murasoli's high point was its fierce and principled opposition to the Emergency when it carried a cartoon that depicted Indira Gandhi as Adolf Hitler, which was later picked up and published by Newsweek. In Kollywood, M Karunanidhi was known for his writing works and M.R. Radha gave him the title of Kalaignar.
Mr Karunanidhi was a successful film screenwriter, penning multiple hit movies, before moving to politics.
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With Sivaji Ganesan making his debut, it marked the beginning of a new era. It's been a long journey for the his clan that made it to the top of Tamil Nadu politics. He is the only person to have served the party for 50 years. In the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, he led the UPA in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, to win 28 seats, even with a significantly smaller coalition.
In the 1991 elections, AIADMK ousted DMK and Karunanidhi was the sole DMK candidate to have been returned after the electoral battle.
Stalin cried as an ambulance with Karunanidhi's body left for the DMK chief's home in Chennai's Gopalapuram. 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.
Karunanidhi went on to become the Chief Minister again in 2006.
Like his mentor Annadurai, Karunanidhi used his writing skills to further the ideology of the Dravidian movement through Tamil cinema.
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.