AS Panneerselvan and Rohini Mohan discuss M Karunanidhi.
Writer-politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi is amongst the most important political figures India has ever seen. He was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms and leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for over five decades. Still remembered for his fruitful career as a regional leader who helped in the formation of various coalition governments at Delhi, his contribution to Tamil history and culture has been invaluable.
Meticulously researched and deeply engrossing, Karunanidhi: A Life delves into the life and times of this unforgettable man.
The biography explains how Karunanidhi became a sort of metaphor of modern Tamil Nadu, where language, empowerment, self-respect, art and literary forms and films coalesce to lend a unique vibrancy to politics. There are two trajectories for nation- building—holding together and coming together. Karunanidhi exemplified the path of coming together. The discussion will touch some of the defining moments that led to the protection of the linguistic plurality of India and its federal core.