Language issue: Southern Railway comes up with fresh circular

Southern Railway issued a circular today, superseding circular No. 15, dated 12.06.2019,  that caused a furore in Tamilnadu. The earlier circular had made English and Hindi mandatory in Tamilnadu as the languages of communication between divisional control officers and station masters. Continue Reading

Post-poll pangs

I am writing this to inform you all, loyal readers, that I won’t be writing this week. There are many reasons for me to skip my regular column, some personal but mostly political. Continue Reading

Captain will tour TN and address voters: DMDK deputy secy Sudhish

“DMDK has been an integral part of Tamilnadu politics. Having stitched a strong alliance for Lok Sabha polls this time, we are going all guns blazing. Our president, Captain Vijayakanth will make a whirlwind tour across the State and address cadres,” says DMDK deputy secretary L K Sudhish. Continue Reading

2019 elections: Anbumani clarifies on why PMK joined AIADMK alliance

PMK youth wing president and MP, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, today said alliance with the AIADMK was forged only after the ruling party agreed to consider the 10 demands put forth by them for the welfare of the people. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: AIADMK allocates seven seats for PMK in alliance

Announcing the deal after consultations this morning at a private hotel in Chennai, AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the PMK would be given seven seats in the “mega alliance” and “alliance for victory”. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: Piyush Goyal arriving in Chennai for alliance talks

Though BJP president Amit Shah has cancelled his visit to Chennai to seal the alliance with the AIADMK for the 2019 general elections, the party’s Tamilnadu in-charge and Union Minister Piyush Goyal would be arriving here as scheduled. Continue Reading

2019 general elections: PMK leaders arrive for alliance talks with AIADMK

PMK founder-leader, Dr S Ramadoss, and his son and MP Anbumani Ramadoss, were welcomed warmly by the AIADMK team, led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam, at the entrance of the hotel with elaborately decorated shawls.  Continue Reading

All is fair in love and politics

Roman emperor Claudius, who believed that married men made for bad soldiers, passed a law prohibiting the youth of his land from entering wedlock. And enter, St Valentine; the priest presto went on a marriage spree, arranging clandestine weddings for love-lorn couples. He was arrested soon enough and put to death, but he lives on as a martyr for romance. Continue Reading

A ‘bandh’ wagon to nowhere

The Madras HC’s verdict allowing the Oct 1 ‘Total closure’ albeit with appropropriate safeguards is undoubtedly a huge dampener to public spirit. Some of the queries raised and comments made by the learned Bench during the hearings did reflect the prevailing mood of the people, which is one of fatigue and frustration: “ … Continue Reading