Tamil screenwriter and politician M. Karunanidhi passes away at 94

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Since then, the medical status of the 94-year-old has gone through ups and downs.

The DMK President was admitted in the hospital following sudden decrease in his blood pressure late on July 26. He was kept under constant observation in the ICU ever since.

Offering his heartfelt condolences to the departed leader, Patnaik described Karunanidhi as the tallest leader of Tamil Nadu, who played a key role in social change and reforms in his state. Since then his health condition had been on the dip. The multi-talented personality breathed his last in Kauveri hospital at 6: 10 pm. Jayalalithas holds the record of becoming the CM of Tamil Nadu six times.

Addressed as Mu Ka, Tamil abbreviation of his name, by his peers, Karunanidhi's letters to DMK cadres in party mouthpiece Murasoli and his autobiography-cum-commentary on contemporary politics Nenjukku Needhi, are the favourite reading material for his supporters.

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As a script writer he would have lived a life of obscurity in the shadows of film stars who enjoy cult status in Tamil Nadu.

He was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly 12 times.

June 23-27, 2010: Organises first World Classical Tamil Conference, at Coimbatore, pinnacle of his love for Tamil language and literature.

Huge number of supporters have congregated outside the hospital where Karunanidhi is admitted for treatment.

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The DMK chief's literary pursuit began with a handwritten magazine "Manavanesan" while he was still in school at Tiruvarur.

Tributes have poured in from around India, a clear indication of the stature of the Tamil leader on the federal scene.

He was awarded two honorary degrees- in 1971 by Annamalai University and in 2006 by Madurai Kamaraj University. This is not just a fact backing his political influence or scope but is testimony to the love and affection he has amassed from the people of Tamil Nadu over the years, for whom he will always be the Kalaignar.

In one case involving an alleged loss to the state over construction of a bridge, police dragged Karunanidhi out of his home after midnight. From which engineering college did he graduate? "So technically, former Chief Minister should be on the other side where other former CMs are buried", said Gurumurthy.

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