People have been waiting for the actor’s big announcement and although he claimed to have “entered politics” at his birthday event in Chennai, there are no signs of it.
We must have an exhaustive investigation of every minute aspect of this whole disastrous experience. This includes a government-led comprehensive one, resulting in a white paper or report tabled in Parliament.
Tamil Nadu’s public institutions have been exorcised of the Brahmin ghost and are now ruled by non-brahmins and non-Dalits. It is to hide this that a fake Brahmin-ghost is continuously being exorcised.
The actor’s plans of launching a new party instead of joining an alliance is being viewed as a direct threat to the DMK.
There seems to be no end in sight to the tumult in the state’s politics since Jayalalithaa’s death last year, with the forces the BJP has been trying to crush only getting stronger.
DMK chief M.K. Stalin said a CBI probe would throw light on bribes allegedly received by people with vested interests and related tax evasion.
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The CM was responding to DMK leader M. K. Stalin and Congress members who raised the issue of EC asking the state chief electoral officer to lodge a police case on the alleged bribing of voters in R K Nagar constituency in north Chennai.
DMK working president M.K. Stalin courted arrest in the Cauvery delta region of Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu.
There is one basic question no one is asking – where does the money come from?
Inconsequential to the state government yet fought fiercely – the effort of many aspirants to establish themselves as the late Jayalalithaa’s ‘true political heir’ makes R.K. Nagar a key by-poll.
As the land around them gets acquired for industry, villagers in Tamil Nadu have found religion is the best way to lay claim to what they can.
UP’s assembly elections will reveal voters’ ability to separate the truth from the fanfare of election rhetoric, number crunching and exit polls.
As TN assembly speaker P. Dhanapal was pushed and shoved in the commotion created by DMK MLAs, assembly marshals stepped in and safely escorted him out.
As per a recent Supreme Court ruling, appeals to identity politics are fine, as long as they are incidental and not the core of the election campaigns.
The Supreme Court has directed Sasikala and two others to surrender to the trial court in Bengaluru and serve the remaining part of their four-year jail term.
“Amma gave him several opportunities when she was alive. Which is why I gave him an opportunity as well,” Sasikala on Pannerselvam.
Despite the uncertainty about the political impact of note ban, the party holds an advantage for several reasons, including its strong track record of capitalising on crises within regional parties.
Stalin’s elevation comes as the health of his father, party chief M. Karunanidhi, has been deteriorating significantly over the past few months.
In Religion, Caste and Nation in South India, V. Ravi Vaithees focuses on the works of the Tamil Saivite saint Maraimalai Adigal and explores the religious roots of the Dravidian movement and its impact on the political discourse.
Never the prototype politician, Cho was an actor who thought and wrote on public affairs, built on his political relationships, and used his kalam and awaaz to create or even force change.
Cinema has always influenced Tamil politics, notably by turning actors into popular politicians, but Jayalalithaa’s iconic stature will be hard to outdo.
All political parties in Tamil Nadu can claim a direct appeal to the people as mediated through commodities and welfare schemes. It was this politics of branding that Jayalalithaa became the master of.
Over the years, Jayalalithaa perfected an idiom of governance that leveraged state-funded populism to fuel a cult of personality that had few parallels anywhere in India.
Six states and one union territory underwent polls today, in the first vote after Modi announced the government’s decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes
Jayalalithaa’s deification may make for comedic gold, but what drives the political success of a leader and a party so devoid of ideology?
If credible reports during MGR’s prolonged illness were scarce in 1984, information now seems to be in even shorter supply. Apollo’s medical bulletins on the condition of the Tamil Nadu chief minister will not convince a primary school student.
Perhaps the time has come for the tax sops to be removed altogether. Far from helping the Tamil film industry, the government stipulations have stifled filmmakers.
In a state where leaders are usually hero-worshipped and critics discouraged, Vaasanthi’s new book is an objective, rigorous and textured view of ‘Amma’.
The 2016 state assembly election results have established the magnitude of the task ahead for those who wish to create an alternative, counter-hegemonic politics in the state that challenges caste-based violence.
The assembly polls in four states show that unless the Congress works to retain its existing support base while adding new voters, it may never be able to rise again.
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The anti-incumbency was strong, and seems to have favoured the DMK, which has won 89 seats, the biggest ever for an opposition in Tamil Nadu.
Jayalalithaa’s decisive victory in Tamil Nadu is not because the people of Tamil Nadu have ignored her government’s failings, but because there was no viable alternative. Now that she has been given a second chance, she must use the next five years wisely.
AIADMK comes to power on the strength of its traditional voter base
Kalapet in north east Puducherry maintains its unique trend of picking a candidate from the winning party.
Given the results of the assembly polls, the collective role of regional parties will become more important in national politics as the country approaches the 2019 general election.
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