The two Stalins

As it appears, Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin will soon be the head of the DMK and possibly the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at some time in the future.

His father thought it was a good idea to name him after the Soviet leader when he was born on March 1, 1953.

On that day the original Stalin suffered a cerebral haemorrage and subsequently died on March 5.

This coincidence is duly mentioned in the Wikipedia article on MKS: “M. K. Stalin was born in Madras, now Chennai, on 1 March 1953. He was named after Joseph Stalin, who died four days later.”

Incidentally, Stalin was a nickname he adopted in the course of his political career. He was born in 1878 with the name of Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, which was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in Russian.

He was one of the relatively few non-Russians who were important figures in the Soviet Union. His name in Georgian was: იოსებ ბესარიონის ძე ჯუღაშვილი

Georgian looks unlike any other European language.

Also see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin#Death,_funeral_and_aftermath:_1953

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