About 70 years back, a man found an unexplainable attraction towards politics. Until then, he was content with a book and a pen. Until then, he was a proud writer and an amazing poet. However, politics can neither be learned nor be taught, he understood this very early on. He joined as a volunteer to the then ruling party and started to make his way into politics. His long experience as a writer and poet made it very easy for him to attract people’s attention with his captivating speeches. What to speak about, to that he was still a learner.
At every stage, he fell, he raised, he lost, he gained, he was ignored and he made heads turn. His journey was very interesting and he enjoyed what he was experiencing but his destination still seemed very far away. He wasn’t like any other ordinary volunteer, he was something extraordinary and everybody around him noticed it, even the Chief Minister! The CM liked him a lot, but the CM liked a lot of other people too. It wasn’t like he was going to simply announce this man as his successor to his political party!
One day, the man bought himself a huge and gorgeous gold ring, on the face of the ring was a tiny image of the CM. The CM was very pleasantly surprised at the love of this man for him. As the CM looked on, the man said to him, “My leader, if you don’t mind, could you do me a favor? Keep this ring with you and today during our party meeting, at the end of your speech, please call me on the stage and present this ring to me.”
CM was surprised. He asked, “why do you ask this of me? Don’t mind me asking. I shall fulfill your wish but I really need to know of your intentions!”
To this, the man replied, “My leader, I have no intentions or motives. I got this ring specially made and you presenting it to me will make it even more special. I want our whole party to share this beautiful moment with me when I proudly put the ring on.”
CM was a very wise man, he knew better than to question the man any further. He smiled and agreed to grant this small man’s small request.
That evening, at the end of his speech, the CM called upon the man and presented him with the ring. He said, “My man, I have now fulfilled your wish. Are you happy?”
The man looked at the palette of emotions that displayed on the face of every single person in the audience. The surprise, the shock, the anger, the betrayal, the doubt and so much more. With a satisfied smile, he said, “My leader, I am the happiest person in the entire world!”
All the leaders and volunteers of the party started to raise questions and accusations on CM. They felt that he was playing favoritism and that he had decided upon his successor without even a single discussion with the members of the party. Few had space and courage to question the CM directly. The CM denied of the accusations but no one would believe.
“CM says that the ring he presented to that man wasn’t a present at all. It was the man’s own ring! If it was the man’s ring, why would CM have to present it to him in front of hundreds of spectators? Does the CM take us all for fools?” they started saying.
And just like that, the man wasn’t a small, insignificant nobody anymore! If there was even a single person who didn’t know of this man, that night changed it all around!
They didn’t know him just as a writer or a poet or an orator. They knew him as the man who just wouldn’t play the game of politics with the rest of the world. The man who would rather turn himself into politics to make his place in politics! That man is none other than our own, Kalaignar Karunanidhi.
After the CM passed away, he was named anonymously as the successor. Since then he became the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu and has ruled over its people with much passion and much more politics! Five times Kalaignar Karunanidhi has ascended the iron throne in all of his life.
At the age of 95, he was still fighting for his life just so that he can ascend the iron throne for one last time. He was an atheist through and through but even from his deathbed, he inspired millions to pray for him! He was truly a great leader and the best politician of our era!
Today, the sun has set but his rays of light and warmth will fill our hearts forever! He will live on through his great stories, movie scripts, poems, and speeches. He will live through his trademark dialogue that will stay on the lips of every Tamilian all over the world!
RIP Kalaignar Karunanidhi Aiyaa!