Will Tamil Nadu Ever See the Rise of Another Karunanidhi?

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Will Tamil Nadu Ever See the Rise of Another Karunanidhi?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n India, a death is never just the passing of a person. If the person is of a certain stature, it is accompanied by rituals that far surpass their legend in life. Public spaces get tense. People rush home from work expecting a tamasha on the streets, holidays are declared for institutions, and cities come to a grinding halt.

“Kalaignar” (scholar of arts), M Karunanidhi’s death was no different. Crowds camped outside Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital, hoping to hear some good news about the health of their beloved leader. A week back, they actually had something to cheer about – when it appeared as if Karunanidhi was about to breathe his last, the hospital issued a statement saying his vital parameters had improved. That joy was short-lived.

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