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Updated: January 22, 2013 02:56 IST

Tamil writer M.S. Udayamurthy passes away

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M.S. Udayamurthy. File photo
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M.S. Udhayamurthy, founder of Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam, who had inspired the youth with his motivational essays since the 1980s, died of cardiac arrest at his residence here on Monday in Akkarai on East Coast Road near Injambakkam. He was 85 and is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Born in Vila Nagar in the present Nagapattinam district, he obtained a doctorate in chemical engineering from the United States. He later returned to India with the idea of making a difference in public life. In 1988, he started the Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam. Dr. Udhayamurthy authored 23 books, most of which spoke on personality development and self-confidence. He also authored books on business and spirituality. He undertook four ‘padayatras’ stressing the need for synchronising various rivers in the country, covering more than 2,000 km.

In 1996, members of Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam contested 11 constituencies in the Assembly elections in the State. Dr. Udhayamurthy contested from Madurai. However, none of its candidates won. Later on, he made the organisation a non-political movement. He was one of the earliest civil society activists to make a foray into public life with a view to attracting the middle class to electoral politics.

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One of the great personality I have ever come across in my life. His book 'Ennaghal' brought major difference to me. He taught me Mind can Do Everything. I pray to God that you should born once again to this world and guide the coming generation through your good work. His demise is a great loss. He has left us many good books that will guide us and motivate us. I salute you Sir.

from:  M. Arunkumar
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 17:45 IST

He is my first GURU who guided me to the path of personal growth and
ethical living; Not only me, the entire tamil community has lost a
towering personality who has toiled to make a difference in our life for
the past 30 years; In this hour of deep sadness and grief, I bow my
head and convey my condolences to the departed soul; May his soul rest
in peace;

from:  S Venkatesan
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 16:09 IST

His books helped to gain self confidence during my college days. I got clarity on Sprituallity and Hinduism through his book. He was in a way Guru for me! May his soul rest in peace!

from:  Seetharaman
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 12:05 IST

Really Saddened to hear this news. We lost one of the gem personality who tried to creat a difference in society. He is inspirational to youths who are serious about this society change. We should honour him by propagating his ideas, book works as part of school syllabus. RIP UDAYAMURTHY SIR. WE MISS YOU A LOT

from:  Jaganathan T K
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 11:58 IST

Saddened by MS Sir's death.He is an inspiration and role model to the younger generation , in particular 80s and 90s. RIP.

from:  S.Balaji
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 10:57 IST

Dr. M. S. Udha murthy is a rare personality that the Tamil Nadu had. He was a great philosopher, motivator, mentor and a noble leader. He has written so many valuable books for the youth. Always he thought for their upliftment through his self motivational speeches and books. Even one of his book "Ennangal" [Thinking] was kept as syallbus for Madras University students. Ananda vikan has duly recognized him and rightly given platform to him for express his thoughts and idealogies. He was a source of inspiration, guiding path, instrumental for many aspirants and I am one such person. But the society by and large has not recognized his thoughts and not utilized him properly. 20 years back itself he as written a draft for linking our national rivers but in vain. HE IS ASSET TO HUMANITY, GIFT TO INDIA AND PRECIOUS TO TAMIL NADU. We has lost him. I pray the Almighty MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!

from:  Dr. N. Anbalagan
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 10:42 IST

Kamal Hassan showed his admiration for this great man through his movie
Unnaal Mudiyum Thambi, in which he played the protagonist Udhayamurthy
with great finesse.

from:  Surya
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 09:44 IST

oUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES.
MAY hIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.
A real leader amidst so many so called leaders!
Great loss to one and all in Tamilnadu.

from:  M.V.vARADARAJAN
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 07:16 IST

He was the first man,who thinks,writes for everyone's personality
development.name of a hero called as udhayamoorthy in the film "unnal
mudiyum thambi".this word is his motto.

from:  ulaganathan.m
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 05:44 IST

In a land populated by scoundrals, cheats, burglars and natoin sellers, Dr. M.S. as he was known, started with the idea "One man" can make a change. Unfortunately for him his own country turned its back on him. RIP.

from:  M Padmanabhan
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 05:32 IST

I am saddened by the death of Dr.M.S. His books on self development were
read by many Tamil youth and I came across many boys and girls who had
benefited in life from M.S' books especially his first two books. He had
a vision for Tamil Nadu and unfortunately we donot have many Dr.M.Ss
today to mobilize people's power. May God grant him eternal rest and may
his tribe increase. R.I.P.

from:  Dr.Paul Raj
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 00:35 IST

We miss Dr.M.S.U"s great writings. He was writing upto his healthy life. His writing was stopped by the Alzimers disease not by anything else.

from:  SIVA.ARUL
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 00:19 IST

May his soul rest in peace. Wonderful human being indeed.

from:  Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Vishnu
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 23:59 IST

one of the fine gentle man who guided youths through UNNAL MUDIYUM THAMBI
STORY.we are missing u. a great loss for the nation

from:  thirunavukarasu
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 22:04 IST

Great personality will be always remembered by his great writing skills. He was a great inspiration among the youth and a guiding force.

from:  Murali
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 21:45 IST

A great man.May his soul rest in peace

from:  ravikumar
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 20:46 IST

Inspiring writer. It is incorrect to classify his books as just "self-improvement" books.
His books are basically about 'individual change' within a social context that would
lead to social uplift. Hence you will find many analysis of social, economic, and
political problems in his books along with improving one's positive attitude. My
deepest condolences to his family, friends, and others.

from:  Hari
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 20:40 IST

Great Soul. Hard to find a man like him. R.I.P.

from:  Balu
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 20:25 IST

God bless him. Great man who served us for long time.

from:  kannan
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 19:04 IST

My respectful Salutations to the great Soul.

from:  Sakthivel
Posted on: Jan 21, 2013 at 17:01 IST
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