Karunanidhi's political career

Deft double role

Print edition : August 31, 2018

August 15, 1975: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with State Chief Secretary P. Sabanayagam after unfurling the national flag at Fort St. George. The year before, he had won for all Chief Ministers the right to unfurl the national flag on Independence Day. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

August 26, 1989: A press conference in Madras with (from left) Jyoti Basu, V.P. Singh, N.T. Rama Rao, M. Karunanidhi, Chaudhury Devi Lal and Ramakrishna Hegde. Karunandhi was the fulcrum of the National Front experiment that saw a broad coalition of secular opposition parties. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

February 6, 1989: In the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Chief Minister Karunanidhi looks on as Jayalalithaa, leader of what was then AIADMK (Jayalalitha), takes oath as a member of the Assembly. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

June 30, 2001: Karunanidhi sitting in front of the Central Jail in Chennai after his arrest in the “flyovers” case. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

April 27, 2009: On a fast in Chennai in protest against the Sri Lankan government’s rejection of a unilateral ceasefire announced by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during the final phase of the civil war. Photo: REUTERS

A look at M. Karunanidhi’s long political career with its colossal achievements and colourful moments, always marked by the circumspection and quick thinking that kept him afloat in times of adversity.

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