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M. Karunanidhi (1924-2018): Facets of a leader

August 07, 2018 10:18 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 08:32 am IST

M. Karunanidhi

M. Karunanidhi

Mentor and disciple: M. Karunanidhi with C.N. Annadurai, with whom he left the DK to form the DMK in 1949.

Mentor and disciple: M. Karunanidhi with C.N. Annadurai, with whom he left the DK to form the DMK in 1949.

Mentor and disciple: M. Karunanidhi with C.N. Annadurai, with whom he left the DK to form the DMK in 1949.

Marking his choice: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi casting his vote in the presidential election at the lounge room of the Secretariat in Madras on August 16, 1969.

Marking his choice: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi casting his vote in the presidential election at the lounge room of the Secretariat in Madras on August 16, 1969.

Marking his choice: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi casting his vote in the presidential election at the lounge room of the Secretariat in Madras on August 16, 1969.

Hands on leader: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi inaugurating silt clearance work by the Prosperityh Brigade at the Kapaleeswarar Temple tank in Mylapore, Chennai, on October 15, 1969.

Hands on leader: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi inaugurating silt clearance work by the Prosperityh Brigade at the Kapaleeswarar Temple tank in Mylapore, Chennai, on October 15, 1969.

Hands on leader: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi inaugurating silt clearance work by the Prosperityh Brigade at the Kapaleeswarar Temple tank in Mylapore, Chennai, on October 15, 1969.

Friendship across borders: With Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan during his visit to Chennai in December 1969.

Friendship across borders: With Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan during his visit to Chennai in December 1969.

Friendship across borders: With Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan during his visit to Chennai in December 1969.

Flying wish: Industrialist J.R.D. Tata with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi when he paid a courtesy call at the latter's residence on December 16, 1969.

Flying wish: Industrialist J.R.D. Tata with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi when he paid a courtesy call at the latter's residence on December 16, 1969.

Flying wish: Industrialist J.R.D. Tata with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi when he paid a courtesy call at the latter's residence on December 16, 1969.

 

Spiritual audience: M. Karunanidhi and wife with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican on July 4, 1970.

Spiritual audience: M. Karunanidhi and wife with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican on July 4, 1970.

Spiritual audience: M. Karunanidhi and wife with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican on July 4, 1970.

Brothers in arms: M.G. Ramachandran greets M. Karunanidhi at the Madras airport on July 21, 1970.

Brothers in arms: M.G. Ramachandran greets M. Karunanidhi at the Madras airport on July 21, 1970.

Brothers in arms: M.G. Ramachandran greets M. Karunanidhi at the Madras airport on July 21, 1970.

Extending wishes: M. Karunanidhi with Rajaji at the latter's house to greet him on his 94th birthday, on December 12, 1970.

Extending wishes: M. Karunanidhi with Rajaji at the latter's house to greet him on his 94th birthday, on December 12, 1970.

Extending wishes: M. Karunanidhi with Rajaji at the latter's house to greet him on his 94th birthday, on December 12, 1970.

Temple honours: A ceremonial welcome at Vedagiriswarar temple in Thirukazhukundram when he inaugurated renovation work on April 29, 1971.

Temple honours: A ceremonial welcome at Vedagiriswarar temple in Thirukazhukundram when he inaugurated renovation work on April 29, 1971.

Temple honours: A ceremonial welcome at Vedagiriswarar temple in Thirukazhukundram when he inaugurated renovation work on April 29, 1971.

Helping hand: With E.V.R. Periyar on November 4, 1971, during the 93rd birthday celebrations of the Dravidar Kazhagam leader in Salem.

Helping hand: With E.V.R. Periyar on November 4, 1971, during the 93rd birthday celebrations of the Dravidar Kazhagam leader in Salem.

Helping hand: With E.V.R. Periyar on November 4, 1971, during the 93rd birthday celebrations of the Dravidar Kazhagam leader in Salem.

Last respects: With then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, laying a wreath on the body of K.Kamaraj at Rajaji Hall, in Madras in October 1975.

Last respects: With then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, laying a wreath on the body of K.Kamaraj at Rajaji Hall, in Madras in October 1975.

Last respects: With then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, laying a wreath on the body of K.Kamaraj at Rajaji Hall, in Madras in October 1975.

Animal lover: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the Vandalur zoo on October 2, 1989.

Animal lover: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the Vandalur zoo on October 2, 1989.

Animal lover: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the Vandalur zoo on October 2, 1989.

On the road: During the campaign for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in Harbour constituency in Chennai on May 11, 1991.

On the road: During the campaign for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in Harbour constituency in Chennai on May 11, 1991.

On the road: During the campaign for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in Harbour constituency in Chennai on May 11, 1991.

Ally in Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi greeting Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi on April 7, 1998, after he became PM for the second time.

Ally in Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi greeting Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi on April 7, 1998, after he became PM for the second time.

Ally in Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi greeting Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi on April 7, 1998, after he became PM for the second time.

For the people: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with Sai Baba in Chennai on January 20, 2007. they discussed the project to bring Krishna water to Chennai.

For the people: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with Sai Baba in Chennai on January 20, 2007. they discussed the project to bring Krishna water to Chennai.

For the people: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with Sai Baba in Chennai on January 20, 2007. they discussed the project to bring Krishna water to Chennai.

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