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 2023

Tamil 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 2020

Tamil 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 2018


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 2018


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 2018


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 2018


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 2018

Tamil 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 2018

Narendra 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 2018

Tamil 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 2018


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 2018

Madras 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.

08 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

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 2018

Ram 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.

08 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

'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 2018


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.

08 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

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.

07 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

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.

07 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

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.

07 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

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.

07 Aug 2018

Tamil Nadu

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 2018

Ram 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 2018


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 2018

Tamil 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 2018

Tamil 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 2018

Tamil 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 2018

Tamil 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 2018

Tamil 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 2018

Narendra 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 2018


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 2018

Tamil 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 2017


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 2017

Tamil 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.