|M K Kanimozhi|
|M. K. Kanimozhi|
|Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)|
January 5, 1968 |
|Political party||Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam|
|Spouse(s)||Athiban Bose (1989–1997)
G. Aravindan (1999–present)
Kanimozhi Karunanidhi (born 1968 in Chennai) is a politician, poet and journalist. She is a Member of Parliament, representing Tamil Nadu in the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of India's Parliament). Kanimozhi is the daughter of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi and his third wife Rajathi Ammal.
Kanimozhi belongs to the Indian Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) political party, where she functions as the chief of the DMK’s wing for Art, Literature and Rationalism and is seen as her father's "literary heir". Her half-brothers M.K. Alagiri and M. K. Stalin are the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (India)Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the former Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu respectively.
Kanimozhi was arrested by CBI for her involvement in the 2G spectrum scam in May 2011.
Before her entry into politics, Kanimozhi was involved in journalism, such as sub editor for The Hindu, editor in charge of Kungumam (a Tamil weekly magazine belonging to the Sun group), and a features editor for a Singapore-based Tamil newspaper called Tamil Murasu.
Kanimozhi has also written Tamil poetry.
Kanimozhi has been known to support pan-Tamil issues. She takes part in organizing women empowerment programs and is interested in the welfare of differently abled people and transgenders. In 2005, with Karthi Chidambaram, she founded a portal supporting free speech and has worked with a spiritual guide in south India.
She spearheads DMK efforts to organize job fairs, under the banner 'Kalaignar 85' across rural Tamil Nadu to facilitate employment opportunities for young people in smaller cities, towns and villages. Begun as a small employment drive to mark the birthday of DMK President Kalaignar Karunanidhi in June 2008 at Kariyapatti (a village in Virudhunagar District) job fairs have provided jobs to about 70,000 unemployed youth spread across five districts. Places it has been held include Nagercoil, Vellore, Udhagamandalam, Virudhunagar, Cuddalore, Tiruchirapalli and Tirunelveli. She plans to conduct similar fairs all over Tamil Nadu.
- Sigarangalil Uraikiradhu Kaalam
- Karukum Marudhaani
- Karuvarai Vaasanai
Kanimozhi was a student of Presentation Convent, Church Park in Chennai and later did her Masters in Economics in Ethiraj College for Women from the Madras Universit. She has been married twice; firstly in 1989 to Athiban Bose, a businessman from Sivakasi, and then to G. Aravindaan, a Singapore-based Tamil writer, in 1997.
2G spectrum controversy
As per the chargesheet filed by CBI, Kanimozhi has 20% stake in her family-owned Kalaignar TV; her step-mother Dayalu Ammal owns 60% stake in the same channel. CBI alleges that Kanimozhi was an "active brain" behind the channel's operations and she worked with former telecom minister A. Raja to get DB realty promoter Shahid Balwa to circuitously route 200 crore (US$36.2 million) to Kalaignar TV. According to CBI, Kanimozhi was in regular touch with A Raja regarding launching of Kalaignar TV channel and its other pending works. CBI alleges that A Raja was further pursuing the cause of Kalaignar TV to get registration of the company from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and for getting it in the DTH operator TATA Sky's bouquet. She was also summoned by the Income Tax Department, Chennai for alleged tax evasion charges.
Kanimozhi has defended herself by arguing that she is only a 20% shareholder in the company, who has no involvement in the financial aspects or the liability of a director.
During the course of the trial, Kanimozhi's name has been cleared by at least one witness who has deposed that she had no involvement in the day-to-day affairs of Kalaignar TV and that she was initially reluctant to join the management of the channel. It was also admitted in court that Kanimozhi resigned from Kalaignar TV Board after only two weeks to become a Member of Parliament. 
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