Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief and five-time Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday evening due to a prolonged illness. After the demise of Kalaignar, his son and DMK leader Stalin penned a heartfelt poem for Karunanidhi, asking his "leader" if he could address him as "Appa" one last time. In his poem, he asks his ideal “This one time, can I call you Appa?”
ஒரே ஒருமுறை இப்போதாவது ‘அப்பா’ என அழைத்து கொள்ளட்டுமா ‘தலைவரே’! pic.twitter.com/HWyMPkSmLj— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) August 7, 2018
Here is the full text of Stalin's letter:
Wherever you had travelled in the past, you've always left after letting us know. This time why did you leave us without a notice?
Where did you go, our leader? The one who has blended with my emotions, blood, thoughts, hearts and body. You wrote 33 years ago to inscribe 'The one who served restlessly is resting here' on your tomb. Now did you leave with a satisfaction that you've served a for the Tamils without a break?
At the age of 95 and 80 years of public life, did you leave, challenging everyone, with a thought who could conquer one such feat like you?
When I was addressing at Tiruvarur in your 95th birthday celebrations, I asked for half of the energy you possess. Now, I beg for half of your potential and the heart of CN Annadurai you won. Will you give me, my leader?
With that, we will win all your aspirations and make your dreams come true.
A request from crores of your brotherly souls. Just once tell, 'En uyirinum melaana anbu udan pirappugalae'. That will give us strength to function for 100 more years.
In all my life I've called you 'Thalaivare' more than calling 'Appa'. At least now, for once, can I call you 'appa', my leader?