Recognise me as a writer first: Karunanidhi
Chennai | Wednesday, Dec 30 2009 IST
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said he would be much happier if he was recognised as a writer than a Chief Minister.
Inaugurating the 33rd Chennai Book Fair organised by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India here, he said he would be ''30,000 times'' happier if he was identified and recognised as a writer.
''You may have invited me as a Chief Minister, but I will be 30,000 times happy if I am invited as a writer'', the Chief Minister said.
Recalling his earlier assertion that he would quit active politics after the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore next June, the Chief Minister said after quitting politics, he would become a writer.
Mr Karunanidhi, who inaugurated the annunal book fair and donated a corpus of Rs one crore, regretted that the organisors had awarded the first prize to a book on the history of the city, which had not even mentioned his name.
While recalling the history, the author had conveniently failed to mention the coming to power of DMK in 1967 and how the party had played a key role in changing the name of then Madras state to Tamil Nadu.
The author had even mentioned the name of Ms Janaki Ramachandran, who was Chief Minister for a brief period, but failed to mention his name. ''I was merely referred to by the author as ''the then Chief Minister'', he said and advised the organisors to go into all aspects before selecting a book for award.
Mr Karunaidhi distributed the ''Kalaignar Porkizhi'' awards instituted by him through a corpus fund of Rs one crore and gave away cash prizes worth Rs one lakh to each awardee.
The 33rd edition of the 12-day book fair, which opened at the St Georges School grounds on Poonamallee High Road, will exhibit about one crore books on a variety of subjects and languages, including Tamil and English.
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