Ending Karunanidhi funeral

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DMK chief Karunanidhi’s funeral ended. The Anna Squeker campus in Marina Beach was organized by funeral ceremonies with governmental awards. Karunanidhi’s body was buried in a gold coated coffin.

The wooden casket with golden handles which carried the body of veteran politician M Karunanidhi has an epitaph he dictated to his son MK Stalin three decades ago.

The poignant line inscribed in Tamil reads, “The one who worked with no rest, rests here”.

Mr Stalin had mentioned this in a moving poem he wrote as a tribute to his father, one of the most towering figures in south Indian politics. “For once, shall I call you father, my leader?” Mr Stalin wrote.

The 94-year-old was buried next to his mentor CN Annadurai and his arch-rival J Jayalalithaa.

Thousands of supporters visited Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay tribute to the leader they call “Kalaingar” or artiste. Two people died and many were injured as a stampede broke out outside the venue. A string of VIPs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and superstar Rajinikanth, paid their last respects and interacted with Mr Karunanidhi’s family members.

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