Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies

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The funeral is due to take place on Wednesday (Aug 8) and the state government has declared a seven-day mourning period.

The national flag will fly at half mast in Delhi, all state capitals and across Tamil Nadu tomorrow as a mark of respect to DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who passed away today, the Home Ministry announced here. Despite best efforts of our doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.

Karunanidhi's death ends the decades long atheist, anti-Hindi, caste-less phase of Tamil politics.

Karunanidhi was born on June 3, 1924 in a small village named Thirukkuvalai in Tamil Nadu. The movie did not just have an huge impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene.

In his political career, he first received broader notice when he found a close friend and colleague in DMK founder CN Annadurai.

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"There has been decline in the medical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu". Tamil Nadu DGP ordered all police officers to report on duty immediately.

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That art and politics blended seamlessly in Karunanidhi was manifest from the sobriquets of "Thalaivar" (The Leader) and "Kalaignar" (The Artist) he earned from ardent followers.

The 94-year-old veteran politician, who gave 80 years of his life to Tamil Nadu's people, lived a life full of surprises.

Karunanidhi suffered a personal jolt when his MP daughter Kanimozhi got embroiled in the 2G spectrum scam along with union minister and DMK leader A Raja.

The DMK lost the elections to Ms J. Jayalalithaa of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, but Mr Karunanidhi still won his seat in his constituency of Tiruvarur.

After DMK's first election, Karunanidhi was promoted as the treasurer of the party in 1961 and became the deputy leader of Opposition in 1962.

The DMK wanted to bury Karunanidhi at Marina Beach along with several icons of Dravidian movement, but was denied permission by the AIADMK government.

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