Milestones in a long journey
The major events in M. Karunanidhi’s political life.
NOT MANY POLITICIANS IN INDIA CAN CLAIM that they have led a great life. But Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi could do so. He told this reporter once: “I have led a ‘peru vazhvu’ [very great life]. I have mixed with great leaders such as [E.V. Ramasamy] Periyar, Annadurai, Rajaji, Kamaraj, Indira Gandhi and V.P. Singh.” And he made this statement with total modesty, never once alluding to how he himself was a multifaceted man: politician, administrator, orator, playwright, story and dialogue writer for Tamil films, scholar in Tamil literature, journalist and a connoisseur of music.
Here is a list of important events that defined Karunanidhi’s life.
June 3, 1924: Born at Thirukkuvalai village, in the then composite Thanjavur district but now in Nagapattinam district. His parents had originally named him Dakshinamoorthy, but he later changed it to Karunanidhi. He had two elder sisters, Perianayagam and Shanmugasundaram. He had his initial education in a primary school in Thirukkuvalai. As Karunanidhi noted once, he
1959: C.N. Annadurai presenting a gold ring to Karunanidhi after the DMK won 45 seats in the Madras Municipal Corporation elections. Karunanidhi was in charge of the election campaign.