The national flag flew at half mast in Delhi, all state capitals and across Tamil Nadu today as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who died at Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday.
M Karunanidhi was laid to rest with full state honours near the memorial of his mentor CN Annadurai on Marina Beach here on Wednesday evening.
National flag flies half-mast at Rashtrapati Bhavan
National flag flies half-mast at Parliament
The shock of Karunanidhi’s death took nation by storm. Veterans from multiple fields expressed their sadness.
PM Narendra Modi paid his last tributes to M. Karunanidhi and tweeted:
In Chennai, I paid tributes to an extraordinary leader and a veteran administrator whose life was devoted to public welfare and social justice.
Kalaignar Karunanidhi will live on in the hearts and minds of the millions of people whose lives were transformed by him. pic.twitter.com/torAPw1gUe
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2018
Congress President Tweeted:
Like Jayalalitha ji, Kalaignar was an expression of the voice of the Tamil people. That voice deserves to be given space on Marina Beach. I am sure the current leaders of Tamil Nadu will be magnanimous in this time of grief. #Marina4Kalaignar
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 7, 2018
M. S. Swaminathan, known as the “Father of Indian Green Revolution” tweeted:
Dr M #Karunanidhi was a scientists’ scientist. Among his numerous contributions to Tamil Nadu’s development are outstanding universities like Anna University as well as the State Biotechnology Council and gender-sensitive institutions like the Women’s Biotechnology Park.
— M S Swaminathan (@msswaminathan) August 8, 2018
A. R. Rahman Tweeted:
You may have left this earth but your infectious passion and love for Tamizh will stay and reflect with us forever…Deep Respect ! #Karunanidhi
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) August 7, 2018
Sudarshan Pattnaik, renowned sand artist expressed his feeling by making sand art depicting Karunanidhi at Puri Beach.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) August 8, 2018
Tejaswi Yadav, former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Tweeted:
Payed tributes to India’s great mass leader & champion of social justice Kalaignar #Karunanidhi Ji. He will remain an inspiration & source of motivation for millions. My best wishes and prayers are with DMK family in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/09r8QhPKjC
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) August 8, 2018
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted:
T 2893 – பிரார்த்தனை மற்றும் இரங்கல் , for the Honourable and dynamic leader Shri Karunanidhi .. I received my very 1st National Award for ‘Saat Hindustani’ from him, when the ceremony was held in Chennai that year .. he was the CM ..🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/lu9Mc886EX
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 8, 2018
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Indian Spiritual leader, tweeted:
A political poet with a sense of humour, Karunanidhi played a unique role in tamil politics. He cared for his people and kept them together through difficult times.
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) August 8, 2018