August 08 : Having left an impressive political career spanning over a duration of 50 years, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi or Kalaignar as people lovingly called him have left a lasting legacy behind him that will be remembered by generations to come.
Below is a timeline describing some of the most famous events in his life:
1924: June 3, 1924 marks the birth year of M Karunanidhi who was initially called Dakshinamurthy by his parents.
1938: At the age of 14, he joins the Justice Party & led an Anti-Hindi protest thus beginning his venture in to the political world.
1942: Publishes a hand written newspaper titled ‘’Maanavar Nesan’’ before being called Murasoli – DMK’S official newspaper.
1944: He becomes a screen writer at Jupiter pictures.
1947: A movie called “Rajakumari” is released that was scripted by him.
1949: The Dravidar Kazhagam is split into 2 where Karunanidhi joins Annadurai to form an individial group called Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or the DMK.
1952: The release of the movie Parasakthi starring Sivaji Ganesan which faced controversies with a likely ban due to the nature of its subject-Brahmanism & also incorporated ideas of the Dravidan ideology.
1953: The Kallukdi demonstration where the name of Kallukudi was to be changed to Dalmiyapuram, a decision made by a Dalmiya group who decided to build a cement plant in the area. as Karunanidhi led the protest by lying on the railway tracks after which he was arrested.
1957: At the age of 33, for the 1st time Karunanidhi gets elected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
1961: Appointed as a treasurer of the DMK.
1962: Appointed as a Deputy leader of opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
1967: Appointed as the Public works minister.
1969: The 1st time Karunanidhi becomes the Chief Minister after the passing away of ex-CM Annadurai and DMK’s 1st leader.
1971: Becomes CM for the 2nd time.
1972: MGR and Karunanidhi break ties with each other, where MGR forms the AIADMK.
1976: Dismissal of DMK government by Indira Gandhi, with the so-called reason being ‘’corruption’’.
1980: Allies with Congress.
1989: Elected as the CM for the 3rd time,13 years later, followed by the death of MGR.
1991: DMK party is dismissed, due to allegations of allies with LTTE.
1991: The 1st DMK member to be elected to the Assembly, after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
1996: Forms an alliance with the Tamil Maanila Congress led by G.K.Moopanar. Becomes CM for the 4th time.
1999: Allies with the BJP-Atal Bihari Vajpayee Govt.
2001: Arrested by cops for reasons claiming corruption in the construction work of 10 flyovers in Chennai.
2003: Withdraws from the BJP-Atal Bihari Vajpayee govt.
2004: Allies with Congress once again and wins the Lok Sabha elections.
2006: DMK becomes victorious. Karunanidhi becomes the Chief Minister for a 5th time.
2009: Goes through a spinal surgery operation leaving him bound to a wheelchair.
2011: Karunanidhi loses the State Assembly election, with reasons being DMK member’s involvement in the 2G scam.
2014: Dismisses his son, Alagiri from his party. Loses in the State Assembly.
2016: Gets admitted and discharged from a hospital.
2018: Completes 5 decades as party chief in the DMK.
2018: Karunaidhi passes away on Tuesday at the age of 94.