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December 24, 1987
India's M.G.R. Ramachandran, a former film star and the nation's best-known politician after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has died, the government said. He was 70. Doctors said that Ramachandran, chief minister of the southern Tamil Nadu state, died of a heart attack at his home in the southern city of Madras. Thousands of mourners gathered outside the home as news of his death spread. Ramachandran, known throughout India simply as "M.G.R.
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January 31, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The Indian government Saturday fired the widow of M.G. Ramachandran, a screen idol turned politician, as chief minister of Tamil Nadu and imposed direct rule on India's southernmost state. The decision opened up a battle for supremacy between the widow, Janaki Ramachandran, and her husband's former leading lady and close associate, Jayalalitha. President Ramaswami Venkataraman said he had agreed to a request from S.L.
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December 25, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
As an actor, he played in 130 movies in which he was always the hero, never the heavy. They were nearly all romantic sagas about brave, honest men fighting against daunting odds for the honor of women, most often, mothers. As a politician, he was the undisputed leader of a state with a population nearly as great as that of France. Indeed, some of his opponents accused him of tyranny equal to France's Bourbon kings.
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December 26, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
An estimated 1 million mourners, many wailing and beating their chests in sorrow, attended the tumultuous funeral Friday of India's top Tamil leader, Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran. At least four mourners were killed and 16 injured when police opened fire at crowds desperate for a last glimpse of Ramachandran, police and witnesses said, bringing to at least 18 the number of people who have died in mob violence, police shootings and suicides connected with the death.
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January 31, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The Indian government Saturday fired the widow of M.G. Ramachandran, a screen idol turned politician, as chief minister of Tamil Nadu and imposed direct rule on India's southernmost state. The decision opened up a battle for supremacy between the widow, Janaki Ramachandran, and her husband's former leading lady and close associate, Jayalalitha. President Ramaswami Venkataraman said he had agreed to a request from S.L.
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December 26, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
An estimated 1 million mourners, many wailing and beating their chests in sorrow, attended the tumultuous funeral Friday of India's top Tamil leader, Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran. At least four mourners were killed and 16 injured when police opened fire at crowds desperate for a last glimpse of Ramachandran, police and witnesses said, bringing to at least 18 the number of people who have died in mob violence, police shootings and suicides connected with the death.
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December 25, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
As an actor, he played in 130 movies in which he was always the hero, never the heavy. They were nearly all romantic sagas about brave, honest men fighting against daunting odds for the honor of women, most often, mothers. As a politician, he was the undisputed leader of a state with a population nearly as great as that of France. Indeed, some of his opponents accused him of tyranny equal to France's Bourbon kings.
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December 24, 1987
India's M.G.R. Ramachandran, a former film star and the nation's best-known politician after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has died, the government said. He was 70. Doctors said that Ramachandran, chief minister of the southern Tamil Nadu state, died of a heart attack at his home in the southern city of Madras. Thousands of mourners gathered outside the home as news of his death spread. Ramachandran, known throughout India simply as "M.G.R.
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