What is totally untrue is the truth!In Tamil Nadu, we have the Tamil press, whose founders were mostly Brahmins. Yet, these very same magazines have paid glowing tributes to the late leader, Dr Kalaignar Karunanidhi who has been more often portrayed as being anti-upper class and anti-development. Contrary to all public perception, he was never against Brahmins. In fact, his economic advisor was Dr Guhan, a Brahmin and a great economist.
Dr Kalaignar built several thousands of roads connecting each village to the nearest town. It was during his regime that the bus network became the largest and most prominent in India. It was only during his regime, that Chennai city grew into a IT city in its own right. It was he who built the superb Valluvar Kottam, a memorial for the great Tamil poet, Tiruvalluvar.
The Orgadam and the Sriperambadur industrial belts were developed by Dr Kalaignar. He never pushed a project if the people opposed it. For example, the land for the proposed second International Airport at Sriperambadur, was mostly fertile land. He gave up the project since the farmers opposed it. Not many know that Asia's largest bus terminal, the Koyembedu bus terminal was his project.
Sometimes, what is totally untrue is the truth. Dr Kalaignar's public perception was one such.