The unwavering statesman
Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the oldest statesman of the Tamil nation and multiple times Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, will complete 60 years in his public and political life, this year. In 1957, he was first elected as a DMK MLA to the Tamil Nadu assembly. In Delhi media and in Anglo-Hindi imagination, he is an old man, a corrupt and nepotistic dinosaur who is not in touch with today's fast moving times where people are expected to give up their own language and identity for progress and assimilation. In the Indian Union parlance, this means, sacrificing being Tamil, sacrificing being Bengali, annihilating being Kannadiga and instead becoming an Anglo-Hindi tricolour individual who can move seamlessly between Delhi, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, NOIDA and Mumbai. We are living in incredibly sad times. And, in these times, Kalaignar is no random old man.