Karunanidhi and Emergency

An island of democracy

Print edition : August 31, 2018

December 26, 1973: At his residence in Madras with Jayaprakash Narayan, who launched the movement for Total Revolution. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Raj Narain. Indira Gandhi lost the legal battle in the Allahabad High Court in a petition filed by him, challenging her election in 1971 from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Karunanidhi distributing pamphlets he prepared against the Emergency and press censorship to the public near the Anna Statue on Anna Salai in Chennai. Courtesy: Photo display at Kalaignar Karuvoolam. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The pamphlet prepared by Karunanidhi against the Emergency and press censorship. Photo: Courtesy: Photo display at Kalaignar Karuvoolam.

February 17, 1974: With Congress (O) leader K. Kamaraj in Madras. Photo: The Hindu Archives

October 3, 1969: With Governor Sardar Ujjal Singh, receiving Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Meenambakkam airport. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The funeral procession of Chittibabu (inset), a DMK member of the Lok Sabha. A MISA detenu, he was subjected to much torture in prison. Photo: Courtesy: Photo display at Kalaignar Karuvoolam.

Not only did Karunanidhi lead the anti-Emergency struggle from the front but he also played a crucial role in forging a political front against the Indira Gandhi regime which eventually brought down the government in the general election of 1977.
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