Rewind: The Funeral Of This Indian Politician Was A Guinness Record
June 11th, 2016
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Funerals of famous personalities understandably pull in huge crowds. People throng the funerals to have a last glimpse and pay their final respects to the personality they love and admired. One politician from India whose funeral stormed into the Guinness record for the number of people attending it. It was the funeral of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Annadurai. The funeral of Annadurai was attended by an estimated 10-15 million people. Such was the respect he had among the masses of Tamil Nadu. The number of people who came was more than that of the funeral of Gandhiji, the father of the nation and that of Nasser, the charismatic and inspiring leader of Egypt.
Who is Anna?
A native of Kanchipuram, who started his career as an English teacher before completing his education in Economics and Politics from Pachaiappa’s college, Chennai. He would then venture into journalism and politics where he would go on to build an eternal legacy in short time. Anna started the DMK after differences of opinion with his mentor Periyaar, the supremo of DK (Dravidar Kalagam). His fierce extempore speeches and ability to mobilize masses made him an undisputed leader among the Tamil people.
He was the first non-American to receive the chubb fellowship from Yale University and has also been the guest of the state department of the USA. The first leader to make subsidized grains as part of the election manifesto and campaign