Murasoli Maran  was a prominent Tamil politician in India, and an important leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. 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. Apart from being a politician, he was a journalist and scriptwriter for films too

Murasoli Maran born on 17 August 1934 in Thirukkuvalai Village Thiruvarur of Tamil Nadu. After completing his basic education he pursued a master’s degree in Arts (M.A) from Pachaiyappa’s College and Law College, Madras. Before joining politics he Maran worked as a Journalist and later served as a social worker. His student life at Madras he was closely associated with the DMK. He was very vocal against Hindi being introduced in Tamil Nadu and for this he was arrested in 1965 during anti-Hindi agitations for his articles. He was detained for a year under Maintenance of Internal Security Act during emergency

One of the major contributions by Maran was the consolidation of all developing nations into a single front in Doha rounds of WTO to stand up against G7 developed nations imposition of WTO rules. These WTO rules were meant to benefit the developed countries and further impoverish developing nations. Maran successfully and forcefully built a single united front of developing nations and successfully prevented the G7 from imposing any conditions.

Positions Held

Elected to Lok Sabha1967
Re-elected to Lok Sabha1971
Member-General Purposes Committee1980-1982

Member, Public Accounts Committee

Member1982-1983

Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Member1987-1988

Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Member1988-1989

Committee on Subordinate Legislation

Union Cabinet Minister1989-1990

Urban Development

Member1992-1993

Joint Parliamentary Committee to enquire into irregularities in the securities and banking transactions

Union Cabinet Minister1996-1998

Industry

Lok Sabha Member1998

Elected to Lok Sabha (Twelfth) for the fourth time

Member : Lok Sabha1999

Elected to Lok Sabha (Thirteenth) for the fifth time

Union Cabinet Minister, Industry1999-2002

As a journalist par excellence, he edited Murasoli and the Rising Sun. He was also the publisher of Kunguman, Muththaram, Vannathirai and Sumangali magazines.

He was also a successful screenwriter,  penning the screen play and dialogues for more than twenty films in Tamil. He has produced five and directed two films in Tamil

The Sangeet Natak Academy conferred the title Kalai-Mamani in 1975. He was awarded the President’s Certificate of Merit and Tamil Nadu Government Award for three best feature films.

Murasoli Maran died aged 69 on 23 November 2003 at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. At the time of his death he was a Cabinet Minister, Government of India. The then Prime Minister Vajpayee, and an array of leaders across party lines attended his funeral in Chennai. Kalaignar Karunanidhi who lamented his demise deeply and would often call him his “conscience”, such was the love and affection he had for Maran.

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