Political families exist across the country and in many parties. And until Indian democracy matures, the people will have to put up with such dynasties.
At the AIADMK general council meeting, a resolution was passed saying that office bearers appointed by J. Jayalalithaa before her death will continue in office.
With Palanisamy adopting resolutions against Sasikala and AIADMK deputy general secretary Dinakaran, all eyes are now on the Panneerselvam camp for a possible merger.
N. Ram’s new book sees mounting graft as an outgrowth of economic liberalisation. But the fact that controlled economies produced some of the most corrupt societies the world has known should give us pause to think.
From the late 1950s, Vaali had a storied career in Tamil cinema and politics, both of which he helped shape through his lyrics.
R. Kannan’s biography of MGR offers an objective insightful portrait of a matinee-idol turned politician who had monopolised the story of Tamil Nadu.
Fear and hope were two reasons why Peter Jones stayed silent for so long.
“All the 123 MLAs and all ministers are of the same view. The rule of Amma should continue and two-leaves symbol (of AIADMK) should be retrieved,” finance minister D. Jayakumar said.
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.
A story written by Cho Ramaswamy in 1996 has a lot to say about Tamil Nadu politics.
In a changing India, we seem ready to demand that political arrangements justify themselves in terms larger and nobler than just a will of the ‘leader’ or the ‘demand of the cadres’ or the ‘internal affairs’ of a party.
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.
The apex court also said that the AIADMK general secretary must serve her remaining jail term.
V.K. Sasikala’s political future as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu hinges on the judgement that is expected to be delivered tomorrow.
In an exclusive interaction with The Wire, O. Panneerselvam, the caretaker chief minister of Tamil Nadu, says that he is prepared to prove his support on the floor of the legislature.
Asked if she thought her swearing-in was being delayed by the governor even though she has been elected leader of the legislature party, Sasikala told reporters, “I feel exactly what you feel.”
Sasikala has several hurdles to overcome if she wants a long innings in office, from the numerous power struggles within her family to public animosity.
After the AIADMK meeting today, O.Panneerselvam stepped down making way for Sasikala to take the helm.
The cow, the bull and the buffalo are unlikely to disappear from mainstream Indian politics for some time.
S. Vaikundarajan has been accused of large-scale illegal mining, a charge he denies, though he admits to using all sorts of methods to tackle those who stand in his way.
Violations of regulations continued unchecked under both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi, while successive governments at the Centre chose not to act either.
The Madras high court is inching closer to a final verdict on allegations of large-scale loot, with official collusion, of precious minerals from the coast of Tamil Nadu
Out of the 144 recorded farmer suicides, over 40 were from outside the Cauvery delta region. Observers and farmers directly attribute demonetisation as one major factor behind the suicides.
Stalin’s elevation comes as the health of his father, party chief M. Karunanidhi, has been deteriorating significantly over the past few months.
Sedition, defamation, censorship, internet shutdowns – the year saw the courts being tested on a range of issues related to the freedom of expression.
Can an objective observer say with certainty that Jayalalithaa conducted her personal finances with the absolute probity? ‘No’ would be the honest answer.
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.
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The burial sites of two of Tamil Nadu’s former chief ministers do not feature in the list of approved sites published by the Chennai Corporation.
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Beyond the contribution of individual CMs like Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu developed a commitment to universal and well-functioning public services thanks to the power of democratic action, public reasoning and social action.
A reporter recalls her interactions with the late Jayalalithaa, including the chief minister’s encounter with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee over the Cauvery issue.
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.
But she was also a pioneer of freebies and those came at a cost.
The actor-turned-politician passed away at 11:30 PM at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital after being provided with ECMO support.
Along with his existing portfolios, Panneerselvam will also handle public, IAS, IPS, Indian Forest Service, general administration, district revenue officers, police and home.
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.
The development comes 12 days after the Tamil Nadu chief minister was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai after complaints of fever and dehydration.
A throwback to several instances of opposition members resorting to violence inside state assemblies and even parliament.
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’.