Why TN is forbidden land! — 11: Periyar, unplugged!

Left, Right, Centre, Left of Centre, Far Right, Liberal, Conservative and several such sundry stuff: These ideological labels that litter the lexicon are a legacy of the Western academic mindset that believes in categorisation. Continue Reading

Former AIADMK MP Maitreyan dejected he was not re-elected

“I expected a Lok Sabha seat from South Chennai constituency in the recent parliamentary election but it didn’t materialise. I had hope that I would be re-elected to the Rajya Sabha, but that, too, didn’t happen,” said Maitreyan. Continue Reading

One son-set in north, two son-rises in south

While Udhayanidhi Stalin, son of DMK president M K Stalin, was made the youth wing secretary of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Nikhil, son of Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, was named leader of the JD(S) youth wing. Continue Reading

A wave of waves

Poll pundits predicting poll prospects seem pretty sure there is no wave this time. How off the mark! If only these ‘experts’ were to see with their eyes instead of perceiving with their intellect, they will realise there are only waves all over the pollscape. And seeing is believing, mind you. Continue Reading

Sad, angry inspector in Chennai to return awards, give up promotion

After being denied a climb up the ladder, an inspector of police with the city police department announced on social media that he was going to surrender his promotion and awards given by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in 2004. Continue Reading

2019 elections: Is consolidation of Hindu votes a threat for DMK?

“First of all, the DMK combine cannot call itself a secular alliance when it has parties like the Muslim League and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi in its fold. And in the name of minority appeasement, they are ridiculing the faith of Hindus.” Continue Reading

2019 elections: Is Tamilnadu no more star-struck, politically?

Are film stars shooting into oblivion in the political universe of Tamilnadu? Yes, as a close watch of the electoral juggernaut rolling through the State now reveals, heroes, heroines, comedians, sidekicks and technicians from the celluloid world seem to have lost the pride of place they had in the State’s political firmament as prime influencers and party ambassadors. Continue Reading

2019 polls: Mathematical analysis gives DMK advantage in TN

This is a purely mathematical exercise without venturing into forecasts or merits and demerits of parties and candidates. Continue Reading

2019 elections: Who will get the women’s votes in Tamilnadu?

With just 12 days left for the elections, time is running out for the serious political parties to come up with a strategy to garner the votes of the women of the State. For that is a vote that will count the most in the final reckoning. Continue Reading