The Hindu Frontline
Chennai, August 08, 2019
‘Oru Manidhan, Oru Iyakkam,’ a publication in Tamil was released by Frontline, commemorating 35 years in journalism. The book is based on the life and work of former Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam President, M Karunanidhi (1924-2018) and was launched on the eve of the late leader’s first death anniversary.
Speaking about the book, R Vijayasankar, Editor, Frontline said, “‘Oru Manidhan, Oru Iyakkam’, includes all the articles published in the special issue - ‘A Man and a Movement,’ which was brought out in August 2018, as a tribute to M Karunanidhi after his demise. The book is a critical account of Karunanidhi’s life, both as a person who built a party and helmed it for more than half a century and as an administrator who gave direction to the development and prosperity of Tamil Nadu.”
The book was launched by K. Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam, who handed over the first copy to R.S. Bharathi, Organising Secretary, DMK with Chairman and THG Publishing Private Ltd., N.Ram, presiding over the launch.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Veeramani said, “The book is in a sense a historical work detailing Karunanidhi’s life. He was a person who stood for the State’s autonomy. This is not just a book, but a weapon given by Kalaignar for the State’s autonomy, a weapon of knowledge. The book’s name itself is a message for youngsters. Don’t doubt whether being one person you can achieve anything. Periyar, Karunanidhi, Anna were all just separate individuals, but each of them became a movement. Each of you might be one person, but each one of you is a movement,” he said.
Mr. Bharathi said, “Even for someone like me who has worked with Karunanidhi for nearly 50 years, reading the essays in the book gave me a lot of new information about the late DMK leader.”
Sending his wishes through a statement, Mr. Stalin said, “The book was being launched one day before the late DMK leader’s first death anniversary. It brings out Kalaignar’s achievements, work and multi-faceted personality”.
The newly launched book contains additional articles, including DMK president M.K. Stalin’s tribute and the article that Karunanidhi himself wrote for Frontline’s special issue celebrating Indian cinema’s century in October 2013. Buy a copy of the 192-page book at https://publications.thehindugroup.com/bookstore/ or The Hindu Lounge, Express Avenue.
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