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

No choice, only noise, but please voice

It is a tough election for voters. A mundane multi-cornered contest has mingled with a mind-numbing multi-media slug-fest. A light vein is needed to take the ongoing de’mock’ratic tamasha seriously. Small wonder comedians and caricatures are invoked more than Kamaraj, Anna or MGR. But vote, we must! Continue Reading

Whining over wine

TN alias Tipplernadu may often be water starved, but rarely thanni starved. Ever since the bottle was uncorked in the early seventies, liquor has flooded this rational-cum-religious State as much as flattery, freebies and foul cash. The addiction looks set. The State budget is banking on booze and the bulk of populace are beholden to Bacchus. Continue Reading

Dead, yet not gone!

Jyoti Basu’s passing at the age of 96 is not exactly a tragedy. Nor was it unexpected as he was ailing for quite some time. In fact, he quit as CM in 2001 at the age of 88 on health grounds, after reigning for 23 years. Working backwards, he had become the CM at age-65, when the rest of the proletariat would have been well into retirement. Continue Reading

A buy-poll, really

Thirumangalam is an auspicious town with an auspicious history. It derives its name from a tradition of goldsmiths who specialised in making the Thirumangalyam. Well, whatever, but the current happenings in the by-poll being held in the constituency, which is spread over three hundred villages besides Thirumangalam proper and a few other towns, seem most inauspicious for democracy. Continue Reading

A new star cast for caste

The love affair between cinema and politics in TN looks endless. With Sarath Kumar throwing his hat into the political ring, the stage looks set for yet another celluloid adventurer making a bid for the hot seat at Ft St George, which seems to be ‘reserved’ only for Kollywood veterans or wannabes, from actors, actresses to script-writers. Continue Reading