Why TN is forbidden land! — 6: A Century in a capsule

It is time to move from the politics of history to the history of politics. With a small step in this series I am making a giant leap across 900 years to 20th century. Continue Reading

Annadurai to Thambidurai: Rise & fall of rebels in Tamilnadu politics

Leaders, cadres & rebels. Tamilnadu’s politics is made up of these three sets. If Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai is now speaking against AIADMK forging an alliance with the BJP, a stand which is not that of his party (as clarified by Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who has emerged as the de facto spokesperson of the government and the AIADMK), it is in his political genes. Continue Reading

Rationed Rationalism

I was deeply disappointed by the Dravidar Kazhagam’s decision (double-back?) to put off (call off?) the Thali cutting program (protest?). Maybe the date was inauspicious or probably Periyar’s parivar had more pressing problems. I was looking forward to see the modus operandi and participants, for some grist this week. In any case, whatever the fate of that project, I stand provoked. You can read this now or await Veeramani’s next call … whenever it comes(?)! Continue Reading