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Tamil Nadu : Shaping Things to Come?

With the AIADMK's victory in the Sathankulam by-election, Jayalalithaa can once again reveal - and revel in - her enduring supremacy. All the same she is not one to let grass grow under her feet and is focused on next year's parliamentary poll. But it is hardly possible for her to ruminate over the national scene now, with her plate filled with regional - rather, local - problems. There is the running battle with the DMK and the acrimonious exchanges inside the assembly, with the debate turning to past events. Outside the house too, the fury of allegations and counter-allegations continues. Events have turned strongly dramatic with the Queen Mary's College affair.

Tamil Nadu : Send Her Victorious

As the mass euphoria over Jayalalitha's by-election victory and resumption of chief ministership fades, one is left wondering about the secret of this extraordinary woman's success.

Tamil Nadu : Travails of a Statue

It is no secret that there is no branch of 'futurology' from which Jayalalitha, now getting ready for the Great Return, does not seek guidance, no action, votive offering or placatory ritual she will not undertake to nullify evil influences and promote good fortune. Her latest consultants are experts in vaastu, the sastra dealing with propitious planning, positioning and structuring of buildings and the like. The result has affected a certain statue in Chennai, a 40- year old landmark in the city.

Tamil Nadu : Simmering Feuds, Troubled Times

The simmering feud unfolding in the state has some ugly, even dangerous portents for the future. Vengeance and vituperation are now ingrained in the political culture of the state and though the cause may be the deep political rivalry between two parties or two individuals, it is unlikely to vanish should the scenario change.

Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu's personality-oriented politics, many aspirants for power have thronged to Jayalalitha's side because of her perceived ability, demonstrated time and again, to rise phoenix-like from disgrace and defeat. Will the feat be repeated? Jayalalitha's disqualification from contesting the election has added a major element of uncertainty this time.

Tamil Nadu : Parade of Ex-Friends and Ex-Enemies

In Tamil Nadu, survival of significance for any party depends on affiliation with one or the other of the two Dravidian parties. As a result, there were many perchers on the fence, watching and waiting, weighing pros and cons, hoping before finally hopping. The direction of the hop is not influenced by old associations or previously proclaimed principles. What matters is only the immediate chance of success.
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