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Kanimozhi Karunanidhi
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri M. Karunanidhi, called on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on July 25, 2007 (cropped).jpg
Kanimozhi in 2007
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
18 June 2019
Preceded byJeyasingh Thiyagaraj Natterjee
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
25 July 2007 – 29 May 2019
Preceded byS. G. Indira
Succeeded byP. Wilson
ConstituencyTamil Nadu
Chairperson – Chemicals & Fertilizer Standing Committee
Assumed office
13 September 2019
Preceded byAnandrao Vithoba Adsul
Chairman – Thoothukudi Airport Advisory Committee
Assumed office
18 June 2019
Preceded byJeyasingh Thiyagaraj Natterjee
Deputy Leader of the DMK in Lok Sabha
Assumed office
18 June 2019
LeaderT. R. Baalu
Women's Wing Secretary of DMK
Assumed office
9 January 2015
PresidentM. Karunanidhi
M. K. Stalin
Personal details

(1968-01-05) 5 January 1968 (age 53)
Madras, Madras State, India
(present-day Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Political partyDravida Munnetra Kazhagam
  • Athiban Bose
    (m. 1989; div. 1997)
G. Aravindan
(m. after 1998)
RelationsSee Karunanidhi family
ChildrenAditya Aravindan
ParentsM. Karunanidhi (father)
Rajathi Ammal (mother)
EducationMaster of Economics
Alma materEthiraj College for Women

Kanimozhi Karunanidhi (born 5 January 1968) is an Indian politician, poet and journalist. She is a Member of Parliament, representing Thoothukkudi constituency in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's Parliament). She was also a former MP, represented Tamil Nadu in the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of India's Parliament).[2] Kanimozhi is the daughter of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi and his third wife Rajathi Ammal.

Kanimozhi belongs to the Indian political party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), 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".[3] Her half-brothers M. K. Alagiri and M. K. Stalin are the former Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu respectively.

Early life[edit]

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) and a features editor for a Singapore based Tamil newspaper called Tamil Murasu.[3]

Social Works[edit]


Kanimozhi has been known to support pan-Tamil issues.[4][5] She takes part in organising women empowerment programs[6] and is interested in the welfare of differently abled people and transgender people. In 2005, with Karthi Chidambaram, she founded a portal supporting free speech.[7]

Chennai Sangamam[edit]

In 2007, Kanimozhi conceived the idea of the Chennai Sangamam, an annual open Tamil cultural festival, usually held during the Pongal season.

Job fairs[edit]

She spearheads[8] DMK efforts to organise job fairs, under the banner 'Kalaignar 85' across rural Tamil Nadu to facilitate employment opportunities for young people in smaller cities, towns and villages.[3] 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 1,33,000 unemployed[citation needed] youth spread across nine districts. Places it has been held include Cuddalore, Nagercoil, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Udhagamandalam, Vellore and Virudhunagar. She plans to conduct similar fairs all over Tamil Nadu.[9]

Literary works[edit]

  • Sigarangalil Uraikiradhu Kaalam[10]
  • Agathinai
  • Paarvaigal
  • Karukkum Marudhaani
  • Karuvarai Vaasanai

Her literary works were translated into English, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.


Kanimozhi has worked on a production titled Silappadikaram, A woman of Substance based on a Tamil epic of the same name with Bombay Jayashri.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Kanimozhi was a student of Presentation Convent, Church Park in Chennai and later did her master's degree in economics in Ethiraj College for Women from the Madras University.[3] She has been married twice; firstly in 1989 to Athiban Bose, a businessman from Sivakasi (since divorced), and then to G. Aravindan, a Singapore-based Tamil writer, in 1997. She has a son named Aditya Aravindan.[12]

Political career[edit]

As a Rajya Sabha MP[edit]

In May 2007, the DMK nominated Kanimozhi as one of the party's candidates for the Rajya Sabha.[13] She became a Rajya Sabha member for the second time in 2013. Kanimozhi was the leader of the DMK in the house and was the voice of the state of Tamil Nadu in the Upper house.

As a Lok Sabha MP[edit]

She was elected from Thoothukkudi as the first female MP of that constituency for the 17th Lok Sabha which was held in the year 2019 and was elected as a DMK's deputy leader of the parliament. As of September 2019, Kanimozhi works as a chairperson of Parliament Standing Committee for Chemicals and Fertilizers.[14]

As a Trade Union leader[edit]

She is the president of The Hindu National Press employees union. She is the first woman to be elected to that post.[15]

Secretary to the DMK Women's Wing[edit]

She is the secretary to the DMK party's Women's wing and encourages women to enter into politics. She has organised training camps for the district level office bearers of women's wing. She also organised a rally in Delhi demanding the Women's reservation bill to be passed by the parliament.[16]

Elections contested and positions held[edit]

Kanimozhi has been elected as MP of Lok Sabha from Thoothukkudi constituency. This was her first direct electoral performance. She resigned her Rajya Sabha MP post on 29 May 2019 after being elected to 17th Lok Sabha.[17]

Lok Sabha Election[edit]

Elections Constituency Party Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage
2019 Indian general election Thoothukkudi DMK Won 56.77 Tamilisai Soundararajan BJP 21.77

Posts in Parliament of India[edit]

Year Constituency Position From To
2007 Tamil Nadu Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha 25 July 2007 29 May 2019
2019 Thoothukkudi Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha 18 June 2019 Incumbent

2G spectrum case[edit]

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 alleged that Kanimozhi was an "active brain" behind the channel's operations and she worked along with former telecom minister A. Raja to get DB Realty promoter Shahid Balwa to circuitously route 2 billion (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. A. Kanimozhi had spent 190 days in Tihar Jail in 2011 after the CBI named her an "active brain" behind the functioning and setting up of Kalaignar TV.[18] Raja was further pursuing the cause of Kalaignar TV not only for getting registration of the company from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting but also 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.[citation needed]

On 3 July 2012, briefing the joint parliamentary committee probing the scam, ED claimed that it has enough evidence to convict DMK chief Karunanidhi's wife and daughter Kanimozhi.

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.[19]

During the course of the trial, Kanimozhi's name was cleared by at least one witness who 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 board after only two weeks to become a Member of Parliament. In an extraordinary twist, on 21 December 2017 a special CBI court acquitted her along with 19 others accused including A. Raja in 2G spectrum allocation cases. The Court said that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of its charge. Thus all accused are acquitted.


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  2. ^ "Detailed Profile: Smt. Kanimozhi". Govt. of India. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
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  5. ^ "'Why does god need gunman to protect hundiyal?': Kanimozhi's speech rankles Hindu group". 11 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Fight against injustice, Kanimozhi tells women". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 24 March 2007. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  7. ^ Karuthu Archived 26 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Karuthu. Retrieved on 27 March 2012.
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  9. ^ "ADMK job fairs a big draw in rural areas". Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Dravidian ideals will remain the central theme: Kanimozhi". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  11. ^ Classic in a new idiom Archived 25 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Hinduonnet.com (31 March 2004). Retrieved on 27 March 2012.
  12. ^ "A Wedding In The Family ...", Rediff News, retrieved 9 December 2010
  13. ^ "Kanimozhi, Tiruchi N. Siva, DMK nominees for Rajya Sabha polls". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  14. ^ "BJP MPs head most panels, outnumber opposition in committees". Economic Times. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Kanimozhi is the Hindu staff union president". The Hindu. 12 April 2017.
  16. ^ "DMK holds rally in Delhi to demand early passage of Women's Bill".
  17. ^ "Amit Shah, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Kanimozhi resign as Rajya Sabha members after being elected to 17th Lok Sabha". DNA India. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Report about Kanamozhi on 2G case". Indian Express.
  19. ^ "I am not involved in day-to-day running of Kalaignar TV". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013.

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