Monday, November 1, 2010
MY FOVOURITE PERSONALITY CHIEF MINISTER M. KARUNANIDHI
M. Karunanidhi (born June 3, 1924) is an Indian politician and the current Chief Minister of TamilNadu.
He is the head of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a Dravidian political party in the state of Tamil Nadu. He has been
the leader of the DMK since the death of its founder C. N. Annadurai in 1969 and has served as chief minister five times
(1969–71, 1971–76, 1989–91, 1996–2001 and 2006–present). He holds the record of winning his seat in every election that
he has contested in his political career spanning over 60 years. In the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, he led the DMK-led DPA
(UPA and Left Parties) in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to win all 40 Lok Sabha seats. In the following 2009 Lok Sabha
Elections, he was able to increase the number of seats for the DMK from 16 to 18 seats, and led the UPA in Tamil Nadu and
Puducherry, to win 28 seats, even with a significantly smaller coalition. He is also a playwright and screenwriter in Tamil cinema.
M. Karunanidhi was born as Dakshinamurthy in Thirukuvalai in Nagapattinam, British Indiaon 3 June 1924 to Muthuvel and
See also: Parasakthi and Tamil cinema and Dravidian politics
Karunanidhi began his career as a scriptwriter in the Tamil film industry. Through his wit and oratorical skills he
rapidly rose as a popular politician. He was famous for writing historical and social (reformist) stories which
propagated the socialist and rationalist ideals of the Dravidian movement to which he belonged. He first began using Tamil cinema to propagate his political ideas through the movie Parasakthi. Parasakthi was a turning point in Tamil cinema, as it espoused the ideologies of the Dravidian movement and also introduced two prominent actors of Tamilfilmdom, Sivaji Ganesan and S. S. Rajendran.The movie was initially banned but was eventually released in 1952.
It was a huge box office hit, but its release was marred with controversies. The movie was opposed by orthodox Hindus since it contained elements that criticized Brahmanism. Two other movies written by Karunanidhi that contained such messages were Panam and Thangarathnam. These movies contained themes such as widow remarriage, abolition of untouchability, self-respect marriages, abolition of zamindari and abolition of religious hypocrisy.As his movies and plays with strong social messages became popular, they suffered from increased censorship; two of his plays in the 1950s were banned.