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Supreme Court, Jayalalitha and Crisis Management

The Supreme Court's decision declaring Jayalalitha's appointment as chief minister of Tamil Nadu unconstitutional and void is notable, most of all, for the capacity for crisis management displayed by the court.

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 : Curtains for Farmers' Markets?

The state government has been making public noises about closing down the 'uzhavar shandhaies' (farmers' markets) set up by the DMK government, to enable farmers to get their produce to consumers directly without middlemen and commission agents siphoning off the profits. The proposal has sparked widespread concern among farmers, consumers and even some allies of the AIADMK.

Calcutta Diary

The ferocity of the attacks launched against the Tamil Nadu governor for having called upon Jayalalitha to form the government has transgressed the limits of fair criticism. The fault after all lies with the electorate for having elected a person who has been convicted to lead them. The malady lies with civil society as a whole, its paraphernalia having been appropriated by bigots.

Tamil Nadu - Election 2001: Changing Equations

While the AIADMK vote share has gone up significantly, corruption charges against Jayalalitha were not vote-catching slogans. After all, the AIADMK under Jayalalitha has emerged as a 'rural industry' which has become a channel for 'money circulation' that the party manages to mobilise while in power. Its return to power has much to do with ensuring a return to status quo, especially in the western industrial regions of the state. Nevertheless, the poll results are likely to bring about changes in the political landscape, because it is now clear that populist mobilisation based on the dichotomy of anti-Aryanisation versus Dravidian nativity will no longer yield results.

The 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' Festival and Hindutva in Tamil Nadu

The increasing popularity of the Vinayaka festival in Tamil Nadu under the auspices of the Hindu Munnani is another example of the Sangh parivar's successful appropriation of localised, traditional Hindu rituals to create a wider 'Hindu unity'. Though internal divisions of caste and class remain, as does factionalism among different Hindu organisations in the state, the primary goal for the parivar in the utilisation of such rituals is to persuade all Hindus to become conscious of belonging to a single, majority 'community', rather than to initiate a campaign of social engineering to overcome caste divisions.

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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