Lets salute this great social reformer!!Contrary to all public perception, the reality about Dr Kalaignar Karunanidhi, is that he was and still is the great social reformer of Tamil Nadu. There are now so many economists who talk about how spread of education and growing numbers of educated people can add to the GDP.
This can be attributed in no small measure to this great leader. Not every one in other parts of this country know that the 69% reservation for the SC.ST and other backward classes, was superbly introduced only in Tamil Nadu. This has lead to the emergence of a huge educated class. Please do go to any Arts and Science College in Chennai to know this reality. When we have a huge number of educated manpower it only adds to the wealth of the particular city or town. For example, the BPO industry in Chennai is one of the largest in India, as it still possible to find labor at rates that are cheaper than other cities.
History cannot be re-written. Yes, the Tamil Brahmins were affected to some extent. But they shrewdly migrated to other metros like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kalkutta and Bangalore and even cities like Ahmedabad. Even today, there is no great problem as it still possible to pursue different careers in Tamil Nadu. Liberal arts and highly job-oriented courses like Visual Communication are there too.
Dr Kalignar Karunanidhi may be unwell today. But his contribution to social reform will be written in gold letters. Forever.