M Karunanidhi: News
Muthuvel Karunanidhi, born in 1924 in Thirukkuvalai, near Thiruvarur, was a former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He left his school at an early age to participate in anti-Brahmin, Dravidian campaigns led by Dalit activist Periyar. Karunanidhi was initially a screenwriter and contributed to several Tamil films in the 1950s and worked towards making his narratives the vehicle of his Dravidian beliefs. Karunanidhi led a lot of protests and campaigns during his younger days and was noticed by CN Annadurai, the founder of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), during one such protest. He successfully contested his first Assembly election in 1957 and was made Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Assembly in 1962. After Annadurai’s death in 1969, Karunanidhi succeeded him as the Chief Minister, a position he held for four non-consecutive terms. Karunanidhi was a strong critic of his rival, AIADMK’s Jayalalithaa, on whom the DMK launched several attacks. He is famous for promising cheap rice and free television sets to his constituents before the 2006 Assembly elections, which DMK won. However, the party suffered a defeat in the 2011 polls. Karunanidhi died in 2018 after a prolonged illness.
16 Mar 2023Tamil Cinema
Know all about Udhayanidhi Stalin's 'Kannai Nambathey'
Actor-politician Udhayanidhi Stalin's upcoming film Kannai Nambathey is set to release in theaters tomorrow. The film was announced back in 2019 and will finally see the light of day. The crime thriller film is helmed by Mu. Maran and the Tamil film is a highly anticipated movie.
27 Apr 2020Tamil Nadu
Sets of Kangana Ranaut's 'Thalaivi' could be destroyed
Actress Kangana Ranaut's ambitious biopic on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was all set to arrive in theaters this June.
15 Nov 2018Chennai
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.
26 Aug 2018Chennai
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.
14 Aug 2018India
DMK Meet: No decision on President, but Stalin has support
At the first meeting of DMK, after the death of patriarch Karunanidhi on Tuesday, several party leaders asked his younger son MK Stalin to lead them.
13 Aug 2018AIADMK
Succession war in DMK: Karunanidhi's sons face off
MK Alagiri, son of late DMK president M Karunanidhi, has claimed the support of his father's "true relatives" a day before a crucial party meeting, where announcements will be made regarding the next chief.
12 Aug 2018Tamil Nadu
After Karunanidhi's death, son Stalin rises to handle DMK's reins
As the only president of DMK, a towering leader of Tamil Nadu, and five-time Chief Minister of the state, M Karunanidhi, was laid to rest in Marina Beach, Chennai, last week, the responsibility of the party automatically fell on son MK Stalin's shoulders.
11 Aug 2018Narendra Modi
RaGa not given proper security during Chennai visit: TN Congress
Congress president Rahul Gandhi was not provided proper security when he was in Chennai to pay his last respects to DMK leader M Karunanidhi, the Tamil Nadu Congress unit alleged today demanding action against police officers responsible for the lapse.
09 Aug 2018Tamil Nadu
Karunanidhi used films, command over Tamil to promote Dravidian ideology
M Karunanidhi used the medium of films and his command over Tamil language to reach out to people and promote the Dravidian ideology, according to two books related to the late DMK patriarch.
08 Aug 2018Mumbai
When Karunanidhi helped fund a school and library in Mumbai
Late DMK Chief M Karunanidhi had helped fund a school and library in Mumbai 35 years ago.
08 Aug 2018Madras High Court
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.
All you need to know about Karunanidhi's family
Kalaignar M Karunanidhi has left a legacy, and matching his charisma won't be easy for any of his six children.
08 Aug 2018Ram Nath Kovind
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
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.
08 Aug 2018Chennai
Karunanidhi donated Gopalapuram house for hospital on his 86th birthday
Late DMK supremo M Karunanidhi had donated his residence at posh Gopalapuram locality in Chennai in 2010 for setting up a hospital for the poor.
Madras HC dismisses petitions against memorials at Marina Beach
The Madras HC has dismissed several petitions challenging the construction of memorials at Marina Beach, while hearing DMK's petition on its party chief Karunanidhi's burial.
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 denied Marina beach burial, violence erupts
The late DMK chief, M Karunanidhi will not be buried at Marina beach alongside top Dravidian leaders, said the Tamil Nadu government.
Karunanidhi: 5 facts about Kalaignar, the sun of DMK
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday at Chennai's Kauvery Hospital, sending his sea of followers across the country in deep mourning.
DMK supremo Karunanidhi dies at 94
M Karunanidhi, DMK supremo, has succumbed to old-age related ailments after nearly 10 days in hospital. He was 94.
06 Aug 2018Ram Nath Kovind
Karunanidhi's health worsens, next 24 hours crucial: Kauvery Hospital
DMK chief M Karunanidhi's medical condition has declined, said the Chennai hospital treating him on Monday.
04 Aug 2018Chennai
Chandrababu Naidu, Suresh Prabhu visit Chennai-hospital to inquire about Karunanidhi
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister Suresh Prabhu today visited a hospital in Chennai where the president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), M Karunanidhi, has been undergoing treatment since July 28.
02 Aug 2018Tamil Nadu
Karunanidhi health: Stalin says 21 DMK cadres died of shock
DMK working president and M Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin said he was saddened by the death of 21 DMK cadres. They, apparently, couldn't bear the shock of Kalaignar's illness.
31 Jul 2018Tamil Nadu
For Karunanidhi's recovery, don't follow superstitions, DMK-cadres told
Dravida Kazhagam (DMK) leader K. Veeramani, on Monday, asked the cadres to not follow superstitions and stated the patriarch M Karunanidhi will get better with medicines only.
30 Jul 2018Tamil Nadu
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.
28 Jul 2018Tamil Nadu
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.
27 Jul 2018Tamil Nadu
Top Tamil Nadu politicians visit ill DMK chief Karunanidhi
Top Tamil Nadu politicians including Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and Kamal Haasan visited M Karunanidhi yesterday, who hasn't been keeping well.
12 Apr 2018Narendra Modi
Cauvery issue: Pro-Tamil outfits show black flags to Narendra Modi
Pro-Tamil outfits protesting over the Cauvery issue today showed black flags to PM Narendra Modi when he arrived to formally inaugurate India's mega defense exhibition, DefExpo, at Thiruvidanthai, about 40km from Chennai.
31 Mar 2018Delhi
Firebrand Mamata Banerjee to meet regional leaders
Riding high on the success of her meetings in Delhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has a jam-packed itinerary for the coming months. She will be meeting regional leaders to whip up maximum support for an anti-BJP front for 2019 LS elections.
04 Jan 2018Tamil Nadu
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.
06 Nov 2017India
Modi in Chennai: Highlights media's importance, offers flood assistance
PM Narendra Modi landed in Chennai even as the city is witnessing heavy rains. Modi met CM Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam; and after reviewing the situation, he offered central assistance for relief and rescue operations.
16 Aug 2017Tamil Nadu
DMK chief Karunanidhi in hospital for minor medical procedure
DMK chief M Karunanidhi was shifted to Alwarpet's Kauvery Hospital this morning to change a feeding tube. This one was given in December.