Karunanidhi's welfare measrues

Pragmatic Periyarist

Print edition : August 31, 2018

Residents of a Samathuvapuram , which was inaugurated by M. Karunanidhi, carried out a symbolic funeral procession as a mark of respect for the leader who passed away on August 7. Photo: R. Ashok

February 24, 1971: Presiding over a group marriage conducted at Arignar Anna Arangam, Chennai. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

June 3, 1973: A cycle rickshaw being presented to a hand-rickshaw puller by Chief Minister Karunanidhi on his birthday. The abolition of hand-pulled rickshaws was to put an end to the shameful practice of a man being pulled by another, he said. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

October 2, 1971: At the inauguration of the Leprosy Rehabilitation Home under the Beggars Rehabilitation Scheme, at Paranur in Chinglepet district. Sathiyavani Muthu, Minister for Harijan Welfare, presided. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The “Kannoli Thittam” (Eyesight restoration, spectacles distribution) for poor people, introduced during 1969 -71, Karunanidhi said, was to remove the “complex in the minds of the visually affected”. Photo: The Hindu Archives

April 11, 1990: Distributing 5 kg of free rice per family card to beneficiaries in connection with the Tamil New Year’s Day in Harbour area in Chennai. Pon. Muthuramalingam, Minister for Food and Cooperation, is also seen. Photo: The Hindu Archives

June 11, 1972: The new tenements at Kotturpuram in Saidapet constituency constructed by the Slum Clearance Board under the presidentship of M. Karunanidhi. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

A view of SIPCOT park at Siruseri, Chennai, on December 14, 2016. Photo: M. Karunakaran

September 16, 1970: With Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Governor Sardar Ujjal Singh and Union Minister for Steel and Heavy Engineering B.R. Bhagat at the inauguration of the Salem Steel Project at Karuchipatti village near Salem. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Karunanidhi modelled his welfare policies on Periyar’s thoughts on achieving an egalitarian society and he pursued this social agenda methodically and cautiously and in a nuanced manner, like his mentor Annadurai.
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