"People tomorrow may raise eyebrows how an atheist is sharing a platform with Sai Baba. Azhagiri, and his half-sister Ms. It looked much more serious than VaiØºÙŠØ± Ù…Ø¬Ø§Ø² Ù…ÙŠ Ø¨Ø§Ø´Ø¯ expulsion from DMK in 1993.At the height of the ‘Dinakaran survey’ controversy - then Lok Sabha Speaker Dr Somnath Chatterjee had come down all the way from Delhi to felicitate Karunanidhi in the Assembly with both his wives watching from the VIP visitors gallery- Karunanidhi as leader of DMK was unflinching. The DMK patriarch’s larger contribution to Tamil culture and aesthetics speak through his ‘Valluvar Kottam’, a memorial for Saint-poet Thiruvalluvar in Chennai in the mid-1970s’ and later unveiling the 133-feet tall statue of Thiruvalluvar at lands end of Kanyakumari, sculpted by Sri Ganapathy Sthapathy, at the beginning of the new millennium in January 2000. Both projects had a fair share of controversies, but neither helped him to solidify his Tamil constituency. Kanimozhi, far behind his younger son, M. But what brings me here is the underlying principle that we (DMK) value that service to man is service to God," he mused. So to fault or blame them now is futile," he said with a new sense of realism and reconciliation towards the Congress then. But being a ‘Dalit’ was A Raja’s handicap, he added in his speeches. In between, Karunanidhi, consciously, had already decided to reduce DMKs dependence on ‘SUN Network’ and single-handedly floated a new Tamil channel, ‘Kalaignar TV’. Several speakers before him chided the ‘Rain Gods’. Karunanidhi himself, insiders confide, was kept in the dark about some of its new acquisitions.
Equally, Karunanidhi’s contributions to Tamil literature have been equally distinct, his ‘Kuraloviam’, and China rubber wheels Factory a later attempt to crack the ancient grammatical treatise ‘Tholkappiyam’ in his ‘Tholkaapiya Poonga’ have stood out.The flashpoint came when the Tamil Daily, ‘Dinakaran’ in May 2007, days before Karunanidhi was to celebrate his ‘50 years as member of the Tamil Nadu Assembly’ (since he was first elected to the House from Kulithalai in 1957), publishing a survey that showed his elder son, M. It was the first such visit by any DMK leader and a much mellowed Karunanidhi by then pleaded that DMK, Congress and Left parties should work together in the larger interests of defending secularism and democracy in the country. Salem Modern Theatres Sundaram’s benevolence was another strand of his early film career which he cherished.Even in the case of pursuing the corruption charges against the former Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa after the DMK-TMC combine won a massive verdict in the 1996 Assembly polls, insiders in the DMK told this correspondent that he was reluctant to arrest Ms.Karunanidhi not only visited Rajivs memorial at Sriperumbuduer along with Ms. But when Karunanidhi rose to speak, he promptly refuted all of them quoting a couplet from Thiruvalluvars ‘Thirukkural’, saying rains were needed for the "good of all". Stalin, in a popular rating of the succession battle for the DMKs top leadership."I am happy you have all come to see me; this itself is my strength," he told the media after he underwent a major hip surgery in May 2008 that was to confine him to a wheel chair for the rest of his life. But surely, his absolute faith and trust in his nephew, the late Union Minister Murasoli Maran, had led him to it, with the senior Maran reportedly telling his uncle, "people have given us a mandate to act against corruption."But with the arrest of Ms.One distinct impression: Shortly before the 1989 Assembly polls, rains were pounding as he was to address a DMK rally at ‘VOC Park Grounds’ in Coimbatore.
A series of dramatic developments took intra-familial ties to a new low." For all the acrimony, the house split into laughter, showing up his rare political ØºÙŠØ± Ù…Ø¬Ø§Ø² Ù…ÙŠ Ø¨Ø§Ø´Ø¯acity. "They (Congress) have already borne heavy losses; they have lost their great leader Rajiv Gandhi in pursuance of the Tamils cause. It began with Karunanidhis wife, Mrs. After all the din, Karunanidhi retorted with style and substance: "At the end of it all, even MGR, who had spearheaded the memorandum of charges, said he had no personal knowledge of them and had merely forwarded what his friends (then CPI leaders) had given. Jayalalithaa on December 7, 1996, (curiously ‘Amma’ passed away almost exactly two decades later on December 5, 2016), a Rubicon was crossed in Tamil Nadu politics, sharply polarizing the DMK and the AIADMK as never before.Even in the face of the seemingly indefensible, Karunanidhi’s unbeatable rhetoric and humour was unmatched during the poll campaign that year: "If your thayir kaari, more kaari, and old vegetable vendors have a mobile phone today, it is thanks to A Raja," he thundered. Despite attempts at intra-familial reconciliation at his Gopalapuram residence later, DMK found itself in the woods, more so after details of the ‘2G spectrum allocation scam’ was to blow on its face in the run-up to 2009 Lok Sabha polls, amid Dayanidhi Maran and his ministerial successor, A.Ironically, after Murasoli Marans demise, much of the ills that came to haunt the DMK later, both at the State and the Centre, stemmed from the fallout of the rapid growth of the Kalanidhi Maran-headed ‘Sun TV’ group. That was Muthuvel Karunanidhi the man, for all his achievements and shortcomings as a politician. The ‘Jupiter Pictures’, founded by Tirupur M Somasundaram and S K Mohideen, not only launched the former alongside people like MGR into the new world of Tamil Cinema, but that banner gave Tamil Cinema some of its greatest hits. With ‘Paraksakthi’ (1952), the movie that also launched Sivaji Ganesan’s career, Karunanidhi reached a peak in using cinema as a vehicle for communicating the political ideology of the Dravidian Movement led by Periyar.. The party quickly took steps to "remove" Dayanidhi Maran, then IT minister from the UPA Cabinet, implying the split in the first family was beyond repair. Karunanidhi was returning after attending a meeting in Ooty, and he braved the rains not to disappoint his party cadres in Coimbatore also. Later, when Raja, Kanimozhi and others were acquitted in the 2G case by the trial court earlier this year, the DMK recovered considerable lost ground.Karunanidhis early moorings as a dialogue and screen-play writer for Tamil films/theatre since the early 1940s’, is by now legendary.And years later in January 2007, at a function in Chennai, when the DMK Chief shared a dais to felicitate the Spiritual Guru of Ananthpur, Sathya Sai Baba, Karunanidhi displayed the same spirit of accommodation though personally an atheist, and more of an agnostic later in his life.K.K. Jayalalithaa. Dayalu, divesting her family’s 20 per cent stake in the ‘Sun Group’ in November 2005. The rest, as they say is history. As a reporter, one cannot but remember Karunanidhi giving a masterly presentation of the genesis of the Sri Lankan Tamil crisis-, both prior to Rajiv Gandhis assassination and post-May 1991 tragedy on Tamil Nadu soil-, when he piloted a historic resolution in the Assembly in April 2008, urging the Manmohan Singh government to give up its "hands off policy" and re-initiate a meaningful dialogue process between the warring parties in Sri Lanka to find an amicable solution to the festering Tamil question. Raja, locking horns. Sonia Gandhi, but also in a rare, expansive gesture visited the Congress party headquarters of Satyamurthy Bhavan in Chennai on Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary in August 2007