() (August 17, 1934- November 23, 2003) was a prominent Tamil
politician in India
, and an important leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(DMK) party which is headed by his maternal uncle and mentor, M. Karunanidhi
. A Member of Parliament for 36 years, he was made a Union Minister in three separate central governments, in charge of Urban Development in the V.P. Singh government, Industry in the Gowda and Gujral governments, and finally Commerce and Industry under Vajpayee.
Murasoli Maran born on August 16, 1934 was son of Shanmuga Sundaram. He was born at Thirukkuvalai Village Thiruvarur-At Panneerselvam in Tamil Nadu. After completing his basic education in his hometown he headed to Madras
to get a Master's degree in Arts (M.A) from Pachaiyappa's College
and Law College, Madras. Before joining politics Mr. Maran worked as a Journalist and later served as a social worker. Since his student life at Madras he was closely associated with the DMK. On 15 September 1963 he married Mallika
and has two sons and a daughter. His younger son Dayanidhi Maran
is a (Union Minister) and his elder son Kalanithi Maran heads and owns the popular TV Network Sun TV.
He was very vocal against Hindi being introduced in Tamil Nadu and for this he was arrested in 1965 during......