Articles about CN Annadurai

Born on September 15, 1909, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai was an Indian politician and the founder of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Popularly known as Anna, Arignar Anna, and Perarignar Anna, Annadurai served as the last Chief Minister of the Madras State from 1967 and 1969. He was also the first chief minister of Tamil Nadu and held the position for only 20 days. An ardent disciple of Periyar E V Ramasamy, who started the Dravidian movement in India, Annadurai was the first to use Tamil Nadu cinema for political propaganda. Prior to his entry into politics, Annadurai worked as a high school teacher. Annadurai was born in a lower-middle-class family. Though throughout his life Annadurai claimed to be an atheist, his stance toward theism was that of ‘Only one race, only one God.’ In 1935, Annadurai entered politics by joining the Justice Party which was formed by non-Brahmin elites in 1917. In 1937, the party defeated the Indian National Congress in Madras, under the leadership of Ramasamy. Annadurai served as the sub-editor of the Justice magazine, editor of Viduthalai, and was also associated with ‘Kudi Arasu’ which was a Tamil weekly paper. Later he started his own paper ‘Dravida Nadu.’ Following differences with Ramasamy, Annadurai left the Justice party and launched DMK. During his active political years, Annadurai was also vocal to demand an independent Dravida Nadu. The stalwart politician of Tamil Nadu politics, Annadurai passed away on February 3, 1969. An estimated 15 million people attended his funeral.

Karunanidhi's life-size statue to be unveiled in Chennai next month

15 Nov 2018

India
Karunanidhi's life-size statue to be unveiled in Chennai next month

A statue of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi will be unveiled in Chennai next month, the party announced today.

Stalin files nomination for the post of DMK President

26 Aug 2018

Politics
Stalin files nomination for the post of DMK President

DMK Working President MK Stalin, set to be elected the party President, has filed his nomination for the post at Anna Arivalayam, DMK's headquarters, in Chennai today.

Why is Karunanidhi being buried and not cremated?

08 Aug 2018

India
Why is Karunanidhi being buried and not cremated?

The death of M Karunanidhi, DMK chief, yesterday evening sent the state of TN into a tizzy, but what followed was more chaos.

Two killed, 30 injured in stampede at Karunanidhi's funeral

08 Aug 2018

India
Two killed, 30 injured in stampede at Karunanidhi's funeral

Two people were killed and around 40 injured in a stampede at Rajaji Hall in Chennai this morning, where DMK chief M Karunanidhi's body was kept for the public to pay homage.

'Can I call you 'appa' now?': Stalin's emotional-letter to Karunanidhi

08 Aug 2018

India
'Can I call you 'appa' now?': Stalin's emotional-letter to Karunanidhi

MK Stalin, son of M Karunanidhi and working president of the party, penned an emotional letter to his father after the DMK chief's death.

Madras HC conducts emergency hearing on Karunanidhi's burial space

07 Aug 2018

India
Madras HC conducts emergency hearing on Karunanidhi's burial space

The Madras HC is conducting an emergency hearing on a petition by the DMK, which has challenged the TN government's refusal to let its party chief Karunanidhi be buried next to CN Annadurai's memorial at Marina Beach.

Karunanidhi is stable, DMK cadres shout 'Yamraj Go Away'

30 Jul 2018

Politics
Karunanidhi is stable, DMK cadres shout 'Yamraj Go Away'

Thousands of DMK cadres refused to leave Chennai's Kauvery Hospital and chanted 'Yamraj Go Away' after the former chief minister M Karunanidhi's health suffered a slight setback.

Karunanidhi admitted to ICU following blood-pressure drop, is stable now

28 Jul 2018

Politics
Karunanidhi admitted to ICU following blood-pressure drop, is stable now

During wee hours of Saturday, DMK chief Karunanidhi was shifted from his Gopalpuram residence to Chennai's Kauvery hospital for treatment.

Sasikala's estranged brother Dhivakaran launches 'Anna Dravidar Kazhagam' political party

10 Jun 2018

Politics
Sasikala's estranged brother Dhivakaran launches 'Anna Dravidar Kazhagam' political party

The estranged brother of deposed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, V Dhivakaran, today launched his political party "Anna Dravidar Kazhagam", named after Dravidian veteran CN Annadurai in Tamil Nadu's Mannargudi.

Jayalalithaa's portrait in TN Assembly; DMK moves court for removal

12 Feb 2018

Politics
Jayalalithaa's portrait in TN Assembly; DMK moves court for removal

The unveiling of the portrait of Former CM Jayalalithaa in TN assembly created ripples in the state's already disturbed political scenario.

After Rajinikanth meets Karunanidhi, Stalin targets his "spiritual politics"

04 Jan 2018

Politics
After Rajinikanth meets Karunanidhi, Stalin targets his "spiritual politics"

Days after announcing his entry into politics, actor Rajinikanth met DMK supremo M Karunanidhi. Incidentally, the Rajinikanth-DMK bonhomie goes back to 1996-1998 when the Tamil superstar had supported the party for Assembly and LS elections.

Appraise people about Assembly developments: Karunanidhi

21 Aug 2016

India
Appraise people about Assembly developments: Karunanidhi

DMK President M Karunanidhi urged party workers to hold public meetings to appraise people about what is happening in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

DMK MLAs stage protest outside TN Assembly

18 Aug 2016

India
DMK MLAs stage protest outside TN Assembly

One day after 80 members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) were suspended by TN assembly speaker P Dhanapal, they staged a sit-in protest outside the assembly.