Editorial: Vote is the route

Tamilnadu is voting today to elect its 16th Assembly. This is a different election. It is happening in the absence of tall leaders Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi. This election is an acid test for the leadership of the AIADMK and the DMK, who are testing the waters in the absence of charismatic leaders. Continue Reading

The bluff that boomerangs

It is our turn to get ‘wicked’. The Tamilnadu Chief Minister’s certificate to himself about his nationalistic credentials does provoke cynics like us to take a peep into his past Of course, quite a few enquiry commissions havedone this before, but since the CM makes claims that run contrary to those findings, maybe he deserves the benefit of doubt, which warrants another close look at his very nationalistic activities. Continue Reading

Chief Minister post: Fans oppose Rajini’s plan

For once, fans of Rajinikanth are against him. The actor, who is on the verge of launching a political party, had told office-bearers of his Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) Thursday that he would not become the Chief Minister in case of the party winning the 2021 Assembly election.  Continue Reading

‘Rajini will fill the void in Tamilnadu’

Former Chennai Deputy Mayor and Rajinikanth sympathiser Karate Thyagarajan today alleged that it was DMK president M K Stalin who stalled the Superstar from becoming ‘Kingmaker’ when he posed a hurdle to the latter’s attempt to make Congress leader GK Moopanar the Prime Minister in late 1990s. Continue Reading

Dramatic changes in DMK?

When there was a decline in Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi’s health in 2017, M K Stalin was made the working president of the party in a newly created post. Now president of the DMK, Stalin, if sources are to be believed, will be given more powers in the upcoming general council meet. Continue Reading

Why TN is forbidden land! — 12: It’s lonely at the bottom

In the very first article I had made it clear that the isolation of the State, as most recently reflected in its bucking the national poll trend, is both imposed and self-inflicted. In my view the island at the south east bottom of India is not Sri Lanka, but Tamilnadu. Continue Reading

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

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

Wilson, Shanmugam to be DMK candidates for Rajya Sabha polls

With nomination of candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections opening today, the DMK has taken a head start. DMK president M K Stalin, in a statement in Chennai , said M Shanmugham, general secretary of Labour Progressive Front, and advocate P Wilson would be the party’s candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats. Continue Reading