Rewind: The Funeral Of This Indian Politician Was A Guinness Record

The Logical Indian

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.


Legacy
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

Congress was an undisputed power in Tamil Nadu until Anna came and dislodged the Congress. He headed the first non-congress government of Tamilnadu.
India Today listed him as one of the top 100 people who shaped India by thought, action, art, and spirit.
He has successfully conducted the World Tamil Congress under the aegis of UNESCO.
Just after two years into office Anna had to travel to Newyork to treat for Cancer, a disease he succumbed to in a matter of days. The funeral which followed his death was the funeral which stormed into the Guinness book of records.

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