Karunanidhi was a self-confessed atheist like all big leaders of the Dravidian movement. The last rites are widely believed as part of the dead person’s religious belief while living. Barring exception, Hindus are cremated while Christians and Muslims are buried. The last rights of atheists are generally performed in accordance with the practice adopted in the family and community. Kalaignar, as Karunanidhi was popularly known, was a follower of Periyar. He was mentored by another great Dravidian leader and a follower of Periyar, CN Annadurai. Both Periyar and Annadurai were buried and not cremated. The DMK leaders want to follow the same example by burying Karunanidhi. A cremation would seemingly diminish Karunanidhi’s stature after his death. Burial would be Karunanidhi’s final resting place, from where the DMK politics could take off in post-Kalaignar period.