Is it a financial package? It is bogus, fires KCR

K Chandrasekhar Rao and Edappadi Palaniswami are two chief ministers who have been extremely supportive of the Centre's decisions on the lockdown. If that was seen by New Delhi as the right response to a national crisis, their scathing criticism of aspects of the financial package ought to be respected as well. Accusing the Centre … Continue reading Is it a financial package? It is bogus, fires KCR

Rajinikanth on TASMAC betrays a concern for AIADMK’s return in 2021

Several years ago, Rajinikanth on the big screen claimed that even if he comes late, he will be the latest. To date it remains a blockbuster punch dialogue. In real life too, his statement on the reopening of the TASMAC liquor shops in Tamil Nadu was fashionably late. But it was neither the latest nor … Continue reading Rajinikanth on TASMAC betrays a concern for AIADMK’s return in 2021

Has a realistic Rajinikanth taken a step back from politics?

In 2008, Rajinikanth acted in a Tamil movie called `Kuselan'. It was the remake of a hugely successful Malayalam film `Kadha Parayumbol', the story of two childhood friends who go on to become a village barber and a big movie star. But the Tamil version did just average business. The reason was that though the … Continue reading Has a realistic Rajinikanth taken a step back from politics?

The Chennai sexual assault case verdict and its messaging

By A Shankar On 6 December 2019, the nation woke up to the news of an early morning encounter of four persons who were allegedly involved in the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad.  The news of rape and murder of the young doctor had sparked widespread outrage across the country and … Continue reading The Chennai sexual assault case verdict and its messaging

The DMK-Congress tiff : What should Stalin do?

By A Shankar On 16 December 2018, when Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi attended the DMK event to unveil the statue of former party patriarch M Karunanidhi, Stalin used the platform to endorse Rahul Gandhi for the Prime Minister post. He was the first ally to do so publicly.     In the presence of Sonia … Continue reading The DMK-Congress tiff : What should Stalin do?

Now Stalin, Kanimozhi show Kolam-veri on CAA and NRC

On Sunday, five people who drew kolams (rangoli) in Besant Nagar area of Chennai to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) were detained for close to 90 minutes by the police. It was after a furore over social media that they were released.  Today one will have to … Continue reading Now Stalin, Kanimozhi show Kolam-veri on CAA and NRC

The Rajinikanth factor in Tamil Nadu politics

``Naan eppo varuven eppadi varuvennu, yarukkum theriyathu. Eppo varunumo appo correct varuven.'' Coming a year before he cracked the real political punch, this punch dialogue from Rajinikanth's 1995 film Muthu, was political like never before. It left the Tamil Nadu audience tantalisingly poised, asking will Rajini, won't Rajini. Translated into English it said, ``When I will … Continue reading The Rajinikanth factor in Tamil Nadu politics

Wanted – A President for the Tamil Nadu BJP

By A Shankar It has been two and a half months since the incumbent president of the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP, Dr Tamilisai Soundarrajan was appointed as Governor of Telangana. Ever since, the BJP that has more leaders than cadre, is struggling to find a leader to head its Tamil Nadu wing.   While names … Continue reading Wanted – A President for the Tamil Nadu BJP

Kamal and Rajini hint at political partnership. IF need arises

For television media that works its news and headlines around personalities, there cannot be a bigger headline than Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan coming together in politics. In an era gone by, the two - much younger - had together  worked magic in several K Balachander movies. Will 44 years of knowing each other translate into … Continue reading Kamal and Rajini hint at political partnership. IF need arises

No light at the end of the tunnel for Dhinakaran’s AMMK?

The AMMK is being taken down brick by brick. V Pugazhendi who has been upset ever since he was removed as AMMK spokesperson by TTV Dhinakaran, has announced that the party has been disbanded. According to The New Indian Express, Pugazhendi has predicted that the leaders who are still part of the AMMK will join … Continue reading No light at the end of the tunnel for Dhinakaran’s AMMK?

Decoding the political craft of Edappadi Palaniswami

By A Shankar In the first week of November, ADMK’s Coordinator and Tamil Nadu deputy CM O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator and CM Edappadi Palaniswami announced that the General council of the party will be held on 24 November.  Soon after the announcement, OPS left on an official trip to the USA along with his son … Continue reading Decoding the political craft of Edappadi Palaniswami

EPS predicts a Rajini-Kamal flop show

Edappadi Palaniswami has turned an astrologer. The Tamil Nadu chief minister has predicted that Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth would meet the same fate as Sivaji Ganesan. No, he was not referring to the acting prowess that is common to the three but their foray into politics.  “We all know how popular Sivaji Ganesan was as … Continue reading EPS predicts a Rajini-Kamal flop show

What will it take for AIADMK to dump its banner and flagpole culture?

Can the AIADMK, for heavens sake, eschew its pathetic culture of erecting its banners and flagposts everytime it has a party event or a family function of a party member? Because its red and black flags are increasingly getting soaked in the blood of the citizens of Tamil Nadu, pushing their grieving families into a … Continue reading What will it take for AIADMK to dump its banner and flagpole culture?

TN Seshan, the officer who demonstrated the Election Commission could bite

The country remembers Thirunellai Narayanswamy Seshan as the man who gave teeth to the Election Commission and made it a body to respect and fear. But those in the Tamil Nadu IAS cadre were not surprised by what Seshan did at Nirvachan Sadan. Because the man from Palakkad always liked to be in the driver's … Continue reading TN Seshan, the officer who demonstrated the Election Commission could bite