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Controversy: Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Comments on Sanatana Dharma, Reactions, Condemnations and Clarifications


Tamil Nadu’s politics was embroiled in controversy after Tamil Nadu State Minister and son of Chief Minister MK Stalin, Udhayanidhi Stalin made remarks about Sanatana Dharma that sparked outrage and condemnation from various quarters. Details are as follows.

Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Comments that stirred up the Controversy:

Speaking at a conference titled ‘Eradicating Sanatana Dharma From the Society,’ organized by the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artists Association, Udhayanidhi compared Sanatana Dharma to ailments like mosquitoes, Dengue, Malaria, fever, and Corona, suggesting that it should be eradicated like these diseases. He said that he appreciates the title as it talks about the eradication of Sanatana Dharma instead of just opposing it.

Criticism from BJP and other Hindu Organizations:

Udhayanidhi’s comments ignited a firestorm of debate, with Hindu organizations and leaders condemning his views. Sanatana Dharma, often referred to as Hinduism, is a complex and diverse belief system deeply ingrained in India’s cultural and spiritual fabric. It is seen as an “eternal” religion, allowing followers to choose their gods and encompassing various duties incumbent upon Hindus, said Hindu organizations like ISKCON.

Udhayanidhi’s statement immediately drew sharp criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP leaders were quick enough to attribute these comments to the entire I.N.D.I.A group of parties. They said that the INDIA alliance has shown its true face which is Bharat Virodhi face and Hindu Virodhi face. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar lambasted Udhayanidhi, labeling him a “spoiled brat” who has never known honest work, and accused him of insulting thousands of Indians with his comments.

Congress leaders also condemn these comments:

Surprisingly, even leaders from the Congress party, an ally of Udhayanidhi’s DMK, criticized his remarks. Congress leader Rashid Alvi emphasized the importance of religious tolerance. He added that Our Constitution is secular because people from various religions stay in our country. He blamed the BJP for politicizing religion in recent years.

Udhayanidhi’s response to the criticism:

In response to the backlash, Udhayanidhi clarified that he had never called for the genocide of Sanatana Dharma followers but maintained his stance. He argued that he was speaking on behalf of the oppressed and marginalized who suffer due to the perceived inequalities propagated by the belief system.

This controversy highlights the delicate balance between freedom of expression and respecting diverse religious beliefs in India’s complex societal landscape. The debate over Udhayanidhi’s comments is likely to continue, serving as a reminder of the challenges in navigating religious sentiments in the country.

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TN govt to conduct surrogacy inquiry as Nayanthara-Vignesh welcome twins


Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian has said that an inquiry will be conducted following a row that emerged over the twin babies born to south Indian superstar Nayanthara and her husband and director Vignesh Sivan.

The couple announced on Sunday that they have become parents of twin boys. Even as the couple did not make any official statement, there were reports that the babies were conceived through surrogacy.

Several questions were raised as to whether the surrogacy laws applicable in the country were followed by Nayanthara and Vignesh. It may be noted that the couple got married four months ago.

Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Ma Subramanian during a press conference on Monday evening said that surrogacy law is itself subjected to a lot of debates.

He said that those who are above 21 years of age but under 36 are eligible for surrogacy with the consent of their families.

The Health Minister said that an inquiry will be conducted and he would instruct the Director of Medical Services to conduct an inquiry.

Subramanian told IANS: “An inquiry will be conducted and I will be directing the Medical Services Directorate to conduct an inquiry into the same.”

In India, commercial surrogacy is banned and the criteria are that the surrogate should be at least married once and should have her own child.

According to the latest surrogacy regulation bill, with effect from January 25, 2022, the idea is the prohibition of commercial surrogacy.

Only altruistic surrogacy would be allowed wherein except for the medical expenses and the insurance cover of the surrogate, no other charges or expenses would be covered by the couple who engages the surrogate.

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KCR-Stalin Meet: No politics, only courtesy call?


Telangana CM’s publicity machinery has gone on an overdrive to project the proposed meeting of KCR with his Tamil Nadu counterpart on Tuesday evening. The inspired leaks say that this meeting is part of the efforts aimed at getting closer to the UPA. The leaks also said that KCR is planning to form a third front of regional parties with a pro-Congress tilt.

The idea, according to political analysts, is to create an impression of the TRS moving away from the BJP –led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). This is aimed to build an anti-BjP mood in the state at a time when the BJP is on the offensive. However, the BJP has been saying that KCR was trying to project his personal temple tour as a politically important one.

But, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin’s office has categorically said that the meeting was a mere courtesy call and that politics would not figure during the meeting. The CM office has clearly said that there would be no discussion about the third front. This has poured water on the publicity plans of the TRS acolytes.

Stalin is now in no mood to leave the Congress in the lurch and form a third front. Sources say that Stalin sees no extra benefit for the DMK if it joins the third front. He feels that the front would be dominated by Trinamool Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar. Hence, there is no use for him.

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TN MPs meet Andhra CM to garner support against NEET exam


A delegation of Tamil Nadu MPs comprising North Chennai Lok Sabha Member Kalanidhi Veeraswami and Rajya Sabha Member T.K.S Elangovan called on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, here on Monday.

They handed over the letter from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, opposing National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET).

In the letter, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister stated that NEET admission policy was against the federal spirit and was undermining the rights of the states.

Tamil Nadu MPs explained that M.K. Stalin had written letters to Chief Ministers of non-BJP states to oppose the Centre’s intrusion into the admission process of medical colleges set up by the state governments.

There has been “widespread opposition” to the NEET exam in Tamil Nadu. Quite a few Tamil Nadu students have committed suicide over their failure to clear the nationwide entrance exam.

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Actor Vijay fans to contest TN local body polls


Tamil Superstar Vijay’s fans association, Vijay Makkal Manram has decided to field candidates in the upcoming local body elections to be held on October 6 and October 9 in nine districts.

Sources in the Vijay fan association told IANS that the actor has given them consent to contest the polls, but would not participate in the campaign. The flag of the association and Vijay’s photos would be used extensively during the campaign.

In the 2021 Assembly elections, Vijay’s father and actor director, S. Chandrashekhar had floated a political party in the name of Vijay fans association and had announced contesting the elections. However, Vijay openly came out against his father’s move and said that he is against contesting the elections and that he would not have anything to do with the same.

Now, after his fan’s association announcing contesting the polls, there is clear indication that Vijay, the young superstar has thrown his hat in the ring.

C. Rajeev of the Centre for Policy and Development Studies, a think tank and a political observer, told IANS,” Vijay’s fans contesting the elections is a clear indicator that Vijay in the near future will take a call in contesting polls. With Super megastar Rajinikanth announcing that he won’t enter politics, Vijay’s fans making this announcement will be an interesting turn in the politics of Tamil Nadu, which has always supported actors entering politics.”

Right from C.N. Annadurai, the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to Chief Ministers — M.G.Ramachandran, J. Jayalalithaa, and M. Karunanidhi — all were associated with the film world. While Annadurai and Karunanidhi were powerful scriptwriters, M.G. Ramachandran and J. Jayalalithaa were popular actors from the state.

Superstars Kamal Haasan and Vijaykanth are already in politics after having floated their own outfits — Makkal Needhi Maiam(MNM) and Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) — respectively and had contested the Assembly elections. The MNM will be testing the waters of the rural local body polls and Kamal Haasan has announced that he would be extensively campaigning in the elections.

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Reticent Pawan Kalyan compliments Stalin on his governance style


Telugu film star and political leader has complimented Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on his governance style.

In his message, late on Tuesday, the Telugu ‘Power Star’ tweeted, “Your governance and party functioning style are the role model and inspiring, not just in your state, but for all the states and political parties in the country. My compliments to you.” The message in Telugu and Tamil languages was addressed to Stalin.

The tweet, comes after a long time, from the usually reticent politician whose Jana Sena Party is in a tie-up with the BJP. The alliance is trying to position itself as an alternative to the ruling YSRCP and the opposition TDP in Andhra Pradesh.

However, Pawan Kalyan’s observation at the beginning of his message to Stalin sounds intriguing. “Any political party can play politics to come to power, but not after coming to power. You have proved this with your actions, not words,” he begins cryptically.

His tweet comes after quite some time and has netizens agog with curiosity over the intent and timing of the message. While political players are yet to respond on Pawan Kalyan’s message,

Some quarters are interpreting it as a salvo at the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy who is being accused of political vendetta against his rival TDP.

Stalin had led the DMK to power in Tamil Nadu after being in the opposition benches for ten years. He has recently completed hundred days in his maiden stint as chief minister of the state.

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Election Counting: Initial results conform to the predictions

Today is a big day in the political arena of India. By the end of today, we will have the results for not only the state assembly elections of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Assam and Kerala , but also for the bypoll elections of Nagarjunasagar and Tirupati. The initial results in all these areas seem to conform to the predictions. Details as follows.

Ruling party advantage in bypolls:

In the initial rounds, Nomula Bhagat, the ruling TRS party’s candidate in Nagarjunasagar,is in the leading. The Congress candidate and the veteran Jana Reddy is trailing and the BJP candidate does not seem to have made any impact as of now.

YSRCP candidate Guru Murthy is also leading in the Tirupati MP by-election. In the first round of counting in Tirumala, a total of 3,000 votes were counted and out of them 2,500 votes were polled to the YSRCP. Telugu Desam Party candidate Panabaka Lakshmi came out of the counting center after seeing these results. YSRCP leaders are signaling that they are going to win by a huge majority, TDP party, however, is alleging that YSRCP did election mal-practices by bringing fake voters from other places. It is interesting to note that BJP did not even have a counting agent in Tirupati.

Stalin will be next CM of Tamil Nadu?

In Tamil Nadu, the DMK alliance racing towards the magic number. The AIADMK party, which has garnered a lot of anti incumbency since Jayalalithaa’s death, is lagging behind. But the party is actually performing better compared to some of the exit polls that predicted wash out of the AIADMK party. Meanwhile, DMK chief ministerial candidate Stalin and AIADMK chief ministerial candidate Palaniswami are leading in their respective constituencies. Along with them, TTV Dinakaran and film actor Kamal Haasan are also leading in their respective constituencies. Another actress Khushboo is lagging behind though. The DMK, however, is heading for a clear lead. Out of total 234 seats, DMK is showing lead in 134 seats at the moment.

In Puducherry, the NDA continues to have a slight lead. It is known news that the BJP overthrew the Congress government through the lieutenant governor just a few months before the elections. Out of 30 seats, AIADMK-BJP alliance is leading in 13 seats while DMK-Congress is leading in 8 seats.

West Bengal highlights: TMC leading but Mamata trailing

The neck to neck battle continues in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is leading in 161 seats while BJP is leading in 116 seats at the moment. Left party, that ruled the state for decades earlier, is now leading only in 5 seats. Another highlight is, though TMC is leading and racing towards the clear majority, the party supremo Mamata Banerjee is trailing behind BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. It is known news that he was earlier with TMC and was at top 2 position but he defected into BJP in the last minute.

NDA leading in Assam

Even in Assam, the results are in line with exit polls. The NDA alliance is leading in 59 seats while the UPA alliance is leading in 26 seats only. NDA is reaching towards clear majority here.

LDF leads in Kerala

In Kerala, the LDF Is all set to rewrite history and get into power for the second time. Out of 140 seats, LDF is leading in 78 seats. UDF is leading in 60 seats. Metro Sreedharan, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, is also in lead. Similarly, Chief Minister Vijayan also in lead. Congress chief Omen Chandy is also in the lead. The competition continues mainly between the LDF and the UDF. The NDA coalition is leading in only 2 seats.

The final results are expected by this evening.

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Diversion of oxygen to AP, T’gana unjustifiable: TN CM to Modi


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Sunday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the diversion of 80 MT oxygen supplies from the state to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is “unjustifiable” and should be reversed.

In a letter to Modi, the text of which was released to the media here, he also said the allotment of 220 MT (metric ton) of oxygen for Tamil Nadu in the latest National Medical Oxygen allotment plan is wrong.

Citing the increasing trend of Covid-19 infections in Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami said the the state would require 450 MT shortly which would be more than its production capacity of 400 MT.

“As compared to the maximum active case number of around 58,000 during the previous surge in 2020, the active caseload has already increased to over a lakh today. This has increased the oxygen demand as stated above. All efforts are being made to provide uninterrupted and adequate oxygen supply,” he said.

Given this scenario, Palaniswami told Modi that the premise of allocating 220 MT of oxygen for Tamil Nadu and diversion of 80 MT of liquid oxygen from the manufacturing facilities near here to Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana is “wrong and unjustifiable”.

As per Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) data, the consumption of oxygen in Tamil Nadu has already reached 310 MT as against the inadequate allotment made to the state of only 220 MT, he said.

Also, the states to which the allotment has been made have lower number of active cases than Tamil Nadu and also have major steel industries located within their state/close to their states, Palaniswami said.

“While Tamil Nadu has never imposed any restrictions so far and is always ready to support other states, such mandatory diversion of liquid oxygen from the needs of our state can lead to major crisis in Chennai and other districts.

“Hence, I request that diversion of 80 KL from Sriperumpudur plant in Tamil Nadu may immediately be cancelled,” Palaniswami said.

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Case filed against Kamal Haasan for violating poll code


A case was filed against superstar-turned-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore on Sunday for violating the model code of conduct, officials said.

Independent candidate Palanikumar, who is contesting from Coimbatore South constituency where Kamal Haasan is fighting, complained to the police that stage actors dressed as Lord Rama and goddesses performed in front of the Ramar temple at Ramapuram in Coimbatore and that this was a violation of the poll code.

A case was registered under Sections 123(3) and 125 of the Representation of People Act.

Kamal is engaged in a bitter four-cornered fight in Coimbatore South against BJP women’s wing national President, Vanathi Srinivasan, Congress’ Mayura Jayakumar and Challenger R. Doraisamy of the AMMK.

In a related incident, BJP state executive commitee member Radha Ravi was booked for his derogatory remarks against Kamal Haasan in a speech on March 28. The Race Course police registered a case against him based on a complaint filed by Coimbatore South Assembly constituency election officer, T. Sivasubramanian.

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Tamil Nadu government permits 100 percent occupancy for theatres


The Centre issued guidelines for patrons watching films in Indian theatres. Only 50 percent of the seats are to be sold considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Centre even extended the guidelines till the end of January. In a major boost, the government of Tamil Nadu issued new guidelines permitting 100 percent occupancy for theatres in Tamil Nadu. This is a major boost for Vijay’s upcoming movie Master that is hitting the screens for Sankranthi 2021.

Vijay recently met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and requested him to grant 100 percent occupancy for the theatres in the state to save the exhibition industry. With this move, we have to wait to see if the other state governments would permit 100 percent occupancy in the theatres and multiplexes across the states. Coming to Tollywood, Ravi Teja’s Krack, Ram’s RED and Bellamkonda Sreenivas’ Alludu Adhurs are aimed for release during the Sankranthi season.

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Creating political brand for superstars is a challenge: Experts


Creating a positive perception and a strong political brand even for a mass hero-politician is not an easy job, say brand and perception strategists.

“Today when actors float a party, their on-screen popularity gives them a leg up. But portability of their movie image to real life politician is difficult,” Harish Bijoor, brand expert and founder of Harish Bijoor Consults Inc, told IANS.

According to him, people will start asking so what if an actor comes to politics. An actor can bring the screen imagery to the physical world but after that it is difficult to convert that into votes.

This is where perception positioning of politicians comes into play and the experts in this field are in good demand not only from politicians but also from people who what to build up an image before joining a political party.

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, after an insipid initial election campaign and unclear positioning during the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, turned decisive to position himself as a third alternative to AIADMK and DMK only towards the end, political analyst Raveendhran Dhuraiswamy told IANS earlier.

“While last minute change in positioning may fetch him some additional votes, Kamal Haasan should have clearly positioned him as an angry new politician from the start. He began tweeting against AIADMK government and that momentum should have been maintained,” perception and political strategist Jhon Arokiasamy told IANS.

Arokiasamy was instrumental in building former Union Health Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss’ brand perception during the 2016 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

“Unlike a product brand, a human brand is a persona brand. A persona brand needs to be real and alive than an inanimate brand. Political branding is more dynamic,” Bijoor said.

According to him, while branding a human being, the inherent qualities of that person should match with what is being portrayed. If there is a clash between the two images then distrust come in, as brand is basically all about trust.

A variance of 10-15 per cent between the real persona and the branded persona is fine but when it exceeds that, problems arise, warned Bijoor.

“What we do is the perception positioning of a politician. For a human being, image and perception are important. Image is a long-term journey and it cannot be constructed. Brand perception is short term and audience centric,” added Arokiasamy.

A politician should be portrayed close to what he can deliver. He cannot be portrayed as person who can deliver the sky when he can deliver only the earth, Bijoor said.

In the case of movie actors, the problem they would face on entering politics is the transition of their on-screen image to real life politician.

According to Arokiasamy, mass heroes will appeal to all sections of the society. Once a hero starts to appeal to masses, then his movie image is cultivated carefully and transition of that image to politics may not be a big problem.

The problems the current day actor-politicians face is: political ideology, their stand on an issue, party structure, caste and cash.

Arokiasamy said Kamal Haasan said his party’s ideology was the middle-path while Rajinikanth had said he would follow spiritual politics.

“People who backed the AIADMK founder and actor M.G. Ramachandran saw him as their leader and not the Dravidian ideology he was propagating while he was in DMK,” former AIADMK MP K.C. Palanisamy told IANS.

Telugu Desam Party founder N.T. Rama Rao (NTR) was seen as an avatar of Hindu God Rama after his movie roles.

“Actors will not find the political space difficult where there are no ideologies,” Arokiasamy said.

On the importance of being politically correct on a burning issue, Arokiasamy cited Rajinikanth’s statement after the police shooting at anti-Sterlite Copper protestors which brought down his image.

Rajinikanth, after visiting the injured, said Tamil Nadu will become a graveyard if there are protests against every issue.

The other problem for actors is that movie charisma will not click against cash-for-votes scam which is now widespread in Tamil Nadu.

There is a segment which is not influenced by cash. To appeal to that segment brand building, perception positioning gains importance, said the two experts.

The role of a perception strategist does not end with designing various campaigns but also includes convincing his client to change his lifestyle in line with the brand perception that he wants to be known.

“I had a politician-client who wanted to be known as a champion of rural areas in a North Indian state. However, his lifestyle was divorced from the rural lifestyle. He was living in a huge house with multiple swimming pools and other luxuries. He was advised to change his lifestyle to be in line with the populace with whom he wants to be identified. He did change,” Bijoor said.

“Even aspiring politicians too want to build up an image before joining a political party. Sometime back a professional specializing in the real estate sector came to me to brand him so that when he joins a political party, the reception will be at an elevated level,” Arokiasamy said.

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Kamal Haasan’s party gets torch light symbol – 2019 polls


Noted actor turned politician Kamal Haasan is overjoyed now. The Election Commission of India has allotted the torch light symbol for his Makkal Needhi Maiam political party. Kamal has thanked the Election Commission profusely saying he is given the most relevant and effective symbol. The elated actor announced that his party will work hard and act like a torch bearer in solving the problems of the people.

As announced earlier, Kamal is preparing his party machinery and fans organisations to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu. His party is contesting alone in this election. Kamal’s main call is to mobilise all like-minded sections to root out corruption in public life.

On the election even alliances, Kamal says his party is interested to tie up with any party that is mired in corruption allegations. But he will consider an alliance with the Congress if it distances from the DMK.

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Vijayakanth becomes ‘ Brand ambassador’ for confusion politics


There was a funny scene that happened during Modi’s visit to Tamilnadu recently. Ruling ADMK party officially joined NDA and it also pulled some other smaller parties like PMK into NDA. But Vijaykanth’s joining into their group was not yet finalized by that time and the discussions were still going on. So just before Modi meeting, AIADMK cadres have erected flexis and banners of all other leaders of Tamilnadu who already joined into their alliance.

The funny part of this was that, they have kept a few empty flexis here and there so that if ongoing discussions with Vijaykanth fructify, they can quickly paste his photo over those empty flexis. Even in the banner photos that has Modi, AIADMK leaders and PMK Ramaswany, they had some ‘gap’ within the photo for same reason.This made Vijayakanth a laughing stock in Tamil Nadu politics. Not only this, but there were some other developments that happened in past couple of weeks completely exposing Vijayakanth’s confusion state in Tamil Nadu politics.

Vijaykanth’s politics from 2005 to 2016:

Vijaykanth formed Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) party in Tamil Nadu in 2005 in Madurai. His party contested in all seats in 2006 assembly elections but won only one seat that was contested by him. But DMDK garnering 10% of the vote bank in next Lok Sabha election surprised analysts and parties. So, Jayalalitha didn’t want votes splitting of Vijaykanth to affect her prospects in the 2011 election and formed an alliance with him. Vijaykanth’s party contested in 41 constituencies and won 29 of the 41 seats, which is more than DMK. He didn’t join government and became opposition leader. In 2016, DMK wanted to ally with him and offered him 55 seats, which is more than what AIADMK offered in previous elections, 4 ministries after forming government and Deputy CM. But for some reasons, he contested alone. His health was not well and he was always in inebriated conditions during his meetings and he lost his reputation as well as the 2017 elections.

2019 – Comedy starts:

AIADMK wanted to have him in NDA but he did not finalize discussions and kept on asking for more seats. They were ready to give him 4 MP seats but he was asking for 7 MP seats. As vijaykanth did not finalise discussions , AIADMK joined hands with PMK, another small party that has strong clout in some areas like Dharmapuri and some communities like Vanniyar. PMK was assured of 7 MP seats and 1 Rajya Sabha ticket. After seeing this, vijayakanth also started asking for 1 rajya Sabha seat in addition 7 MP seats, which AIADMK cannot accommodate.

Discussions with DMK, another comedy

Meanwhile, Vijayakanth brother-in-law Sudheesh announced , just to pressurize AIADMK, that DMK is also in touch with them and negotiating with them for an alliance. But DMK leaders quickly condemned that they have no intention of pulling Vijaykanth into their group, and this put DMDK in a very embarrassing position. Comedy did not end there. Sudheesh called a DMK leader and expressed his intention to join with DMK and he assured to take that matter to the notice of Stalin. The next day media asked that DMK leader about this. He told, he did call Stalin to discuss this, but as Stalin was sleeping at that time, he did not want to disturb his sleep for this UNIMPORTANT matter. At another point of time, both AIADMK and DMK leaders told that Vijayakanth is asking for money as well to spend in elections, in addition to MP seats , and that’s why the discussions with Vijaykanth are not progressing.


Vijayakanth had more than 5% of vote bank until previous assembly elections of Tamilnadu. More than that , he had a good respect among people. But now he lost both his vote bank as well as the respect among people. We will have to wait and see if he bounces back.

– ZURAN (@CriticZuran)

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Who is Lois Sofia, arrested by TN government for anti-BJP slogans


Lois Sophia, 28 year old Tamil woman studying in Canada has become a top trend on social media. Reason- she called the BJP government ‘fascist’ in front of BJP Tamil Nadu president and TN government arrested her under non-bailable sections for this.

The incident:

She was travelling by aeroplane in which Tamil Nadu BJP president also there. She shouted in air craft and later in airport that “BJP’s Fascism rule down down!!! “ in front of BJP’s state head Tamilisai Soundarajan. She also shouted back at sofia . Finally , upon Tamlisai complaint, TN government filed cases on her under 3 sections and one of those is non bailable.

Sofia background:

She was from scheduled caste. She is a mathematician from the University of Montreal in Canada. She has been active in campaigning against social issues. She had earlier participated in campaigns against the Sterlite Copper Plant in Tuticorin and some other protests. ( www.telugu360.com/tuticorn-thoothukudi-violence-issue-protest-and-the-future/ )

She earlier participated in Tuticorin movement. During that movement, she strongly criticized the Tamil Nadu government inaction with regard to the Sterlite protests in Tuticorin. She has also voiced her concerns over the way the bjp led Centre has handled several situations of Tamil Nadu

TN government action and political parties reaction:

Tamil Nadu people have been alleging that AIADMK government has become puppet in the hands of Modi. Now, upon complaint from BJP leader, TN government filed cases against her. Actually, filing cases is not an issue but the sections under which Tamilnadu Government filed cases is attracting lot of Criticism from the people. Later , opposition parties like DMK and Congress supported her and lambasted the government. She also received support from actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan.

What is the argument of BJP fans:

BJP fans started vehemently criticising her on social media platforms. They are saying, she should first know what is the meaning of the word fascism. They also point out that her certificate is saying she is belonging to scheduled caste but she is actually a converted Christian. They also question her father’s argument that they are from low class family, as his daughter is studying in Canada. They call her anti Hindu. They are appreciating Tamil Nadu BJP President for doing the right thing as this will stop conversions.

What Sofia supporters are saying:

Many people question the government for taking stringent actions against her for shouting anti bjp slogans. They point out that the non bailable section under which case is filed is absolutely wrong. They also question Tamil Nadu Government’s inaction during Sterlite violence and many other such situations and questioning why it is super active now. They also question if you want to put all the people who shout against BJP behind bars how many lakhs of people you will put in jail?


Raising anti government slogans in the public might be punishable but not under non bailable sections. It is clear that AIADMK Government has taken another hasty decision.

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TN would become graveyard if protests held for everything: Rajinikanth


Tamil Nadu would turn into a graveyard if people start protesting on every issue, said actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters at the Chennai airport on his return from Thoothukudi, a visibly angry Rajinikanth stressed it was the anti-social elements who indulged in arson and violence in Thoothukudi during protests against a Sterlite factory that led to the death of 13 people in police firing.

He said the Thoothukudi protests on May 22 turned violent only after police were attacked by anti-social elements, adding he would not accept attack on police.

According to him, as it happened during the Jallikattu demonstrations, miscreants infiltrated the movement in Thoothukudi where a peaceful protest was being organised against the Sterlite Copper smelter plant of Vedanta Ltd.

Earlier in the day, Rajinikanth visited the injured people admitted in a government hospital in Thoothukudi and consoled them.

His comments underscore the stand of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami who earlier said anti-social elements got violent during the demonstration against the Sterlite plant, which the protesters said was destroying the farm lands and leading to severe health issues in the area.

Those who indulged in arson were not general public and it was a failure of the intelligence department to have not detected it, Rajinikanth told the media in Thoothukudi.

The superstar said of late, anti-social elements have become active in Tamil Nadu and praised late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for having kept them under control in her tenure.

Urging the current state government to follow in Jayalalithaa’s steps, he said if they fail to control the miscreants, the state will face a grave danger.

If the state turns into an arena of protests, then investments will not come in resulting in non-creation of jobs, he said.

Rajinikanth also dismissed the opposition’s demand that Palaniswami should quit over the violence, saying resignation is not the answer to all problems but added that he does not have faith in the one person inquiry commission announced by the state government.

Welcoming Rajinikanth’s comment on anti-social elements, Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan said regardless of criticism, it is only right to tell the truth.

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Three Jallikattu spectators die in Tamil Nadu


Three spectators of Jallikattu or bull taming sport were killed and several injured at different places in Tamil Nadu when bulls attacked them, according to reports reaching here.

In a village in Sivaganga district — around 500 km from here — two persons were killed when a bull attacked them on being released. Around 50 persons were injured in the attack.

Similarly, in a Jallikattu in Trichy district, around 350 km from here, one spectator was killed and several were injured in a bull’s attack.

Meanwhile, at Alanganallur in Madurai district, Jallikattu was jointly flagged off by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

Around 1,000 bulls and over 1,200 bull tamers participated in the event.

Jallikattu is Tamil Nadu’s traditional sport which is part of Pongal festivities.

The rules of the sport say that a bull tamer will be awarded a prize if he hangs on to the hump of the animal for a certain period of time.

The winning bull tamers and the owners of untamed bulls would be awarded prizes like cash, consumer durables, two wheelers and others.

This year, two cars has been added to the prize list for the Allanganallur event.

After mass protests last year against banning the sport, Jallikattu was held following the passing of an ordinance amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

The first Jallikattu event of this year was held in Madurai on January 14.

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What lies ahead for Rajni politics- Tamil politics in a nutshell – part 2

Tamil politics in a nutshell – part 1

Rumors on Rajni’s political entry is not a new thing for media. It started around 1996 after super hit movie ‘Basha’. Every now and then, there will be some discussion in media about Rajni’s political entry and this topic has become too cliche to generate any further interest, until couple of years back. But suddenly after Jayalalitha’s death, speculations have started with full vigor again. But Rajni has put a big full stop to all the rumors on the last day of 2017. Now the debate shifted to whether he will pull off another MGR or NTR? Or will he become another Vijaykanth or Chiranjeevi? Will he become “Thalapathy” in politics too or he will join the club of another actor who gave an attempt in politics but in vein? Let’s analyze…

Negative side: Why it is difficult to repeat the feat of MGR or NTR?

No ideology: Unlike Annadurai and Karunanidhi, Rajni was never part of any social / political movement. Both these writers (Anna and Karunanidhi) wrote several scripts (for drama and movies) to propagate their ideology of caste-less and class-less society and MGR acted in those scripts and because of those scripts Anna, Karuna and MGR all built great mass base. Rajni’s mass base is because of commercial elements but not because of sociological scripts. No one knows what his take on various social issues. All that people know about him is – he is a spiritual person.

No prior work: MGR and Jayalalitha toiled for the party and later became the Chief ministers.But Rajni only got the ambition. He might have done some social work but it is not on par with the ambitions he has.

Diplomatic statements: When it comes to giving political opinions, Rajini has almost always preferred to have a diplomatic stand. This does not help him get projected as true leader.

Nativity: Whenever news about Rajni’s political entry came out one section of people start questioning his nativity. He is originally from Maharashtra and worked in Karnataka. So whenever inter-state issues like Kaveri river water sharing pop up, Rajni always was in soup. Once he raised voice against Karnataka government regarding Cauvery water issue. Then he had got trouble releasing his films in Karnataka and then he taken aback his foot.

People able to differentiate movie adulation and politics: Gone are the days when people simply voted for their matinee idols. Nowadays, people are very matured and say “I love my favorite star in films, but I won’t vote for him”. This trend is in sync with what most analysts and intellectuals feel about film stars entering politics. Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Markandeya Katju wrote in his blog – “Has he any solutions to the massive problems of poverty, unemployment, undernourishment, lack of healthcare, farmers distress, etc? I think he has none. Then why do people want him in politics?”

BJP angle: We need to remember, more than 60% vote base in Tamil Nadu still have anti-Hindi sentiments and with strong Dravidian ideology. Remaining 40% vote base are young/mid age people,neutral voters,other language population settled in TN for long. But there are news that BJP is supporting him backdoor. If it is true, it will turn to be a disaster for both BJP and Rajni.

Positive side: Why he can not be ignored ?

Political vacuum: TN is witnessing the weakest government in last couple of decades. Definitely there is a political vacuum and everyone knows, if not now – Rajni can never get a chance like this. Probably 1996 was the best time, but this is the next better (probably, final) opportunity for him. But how he cashes on this is up to him.

Strong fan base: He has very strong fan base that any super star envies. If he enters politics, At minimum, he can he can easily create a vote bank of 15-20% in Tamilnadu. It can be recalled here, Vijaykanth got around 5% vote bank and Chiranjeevi got around 16.7% vote bank when they floated parties and contested. So, this analysis of 15 to 20% is definitely a reasonable one. In the era where 1% vote bank is tilting the political fortunes, 15-20% is definitely a big number.

Ability to tilt the balance: Hysteria was witnessed in 1996, when Rajni openly defied Jayalalithaa, asking people not to vote for her. The following election saw Amma losing the assembly elections and the DMK-TMC combine registering a landslide victory. With just a statement he was able to tilt the power. If he can properly play the cards, he can once again prove his power and repeat the magic.

What lessons he can take home from other actors who failed in politics?

Why Sivaji Ganesan failed in politics? All main leaders in Tamil Nadu – like Periyar, Annadurai, Karunanidhi and MGR – everyone had a political ideology – Be it a self respect movement (Periyar) or anti-Hindi movement (Annadurai, Karunanidhi) , Annaism(MGR). But Sivaji Ganesan, just like Rajini, did not embody any political Ideology. That proved him a disaster. Other than being a fan of his acting, Sivaji Ganesan never able to convince people why they should vote him. This should be a lesson for Rajinikanth. While announcing political entry, Rajni did talk about corruption but that is too stale an ideology for Rajni to pick up.

Why Chiranjeevi failed in politics? Chiru was too soft a person for politics. On the day of his political announcement (not that Tirupati meeting, but the press meet he convened to announce political entry) he told, both Chandra Babu and YSR are good leaders and he doesn’t want to criticize them. Such diplomatic statements do not work in politics. If Rajinikanth turns to be a bold person and portray his reel life in his real life surely he will be the next CM of Tamil Nadu but his soft attitude and fear towards politicians makes him just one more actor wanting to try luck in politics. In a recent interview, Dr Vinay Kumar (contested and lost from PRP in 2009 and one of the key persons in PRP) told that he actually urged Chiranjeevi to go hard on YSR and CBN and make some strong comments against them but Chiranjeevi refused to do so. Obviously, it proved to be a life-time mistake for Chiranjeevi. This might be a major takeaway for Rajni.

But the official reason Chiranjeevi told for this failure was ‘lack of electioneering techniques’. He quoted there were more than 30 constituencies in which PRP lost with less than 3000 votes. If there were some good “electioneering practices” adopted, the future of PRP might be different. Rajni will also have the same issue to tackle as he is a novice and has to compete with “electioneering” stalwarts DMK and AIADMK.

What lies ahead

Rajinikanth fits the bill at present due to lack of any other alternative. From his point of view, this might be the best time. But politics is full of unpredictability. There are ‘n’ number of permutations and combinations that have the chances of changing the game completely.

First, if the current government collapses before its full term, it will be a boon to Rajni. However if it manages to complete remaining tenure till 2022 somehow, Rajni will be 72 years of age by that time and believe – it is very tough for him to even contest elections.

Second. if Karunanidhi, nonagenarian politician, is alive by the time of elections, probably it will be projected as his last elections and anything can happen in Tamil politics – full of drama. (This is just for analysis) In case he dies, just before elections – that will have another kind of impact on elections. If the rift between Stallin and Azhagiri widens, there will be different kind of impact.

Third, what stand he takes on national issues also will have lot of impact. If he is seen as some one colluding with central government (NDA) – it may prove disaster.

So, it will be very difficult to predict his fortunes at the moment, but we will get an idea by observing how he reacts on various issue from today. After all, he is a politician now and he has to react on each and every issue now on and that will give people a fair idea about what he is up to !!!

– Zuran

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Rajinikanth to announce his political plans on Dec 31


Fuelling further speculation about his entry into politics, megastar Rajinikanth on Tuesday said he will announce his political stance on December 31.

Addressing his fans here, the 67-year-old actor made it clear he was not saying he would enter politics but would only announce his “political stance” on that day.

Rajinikanth said he was not new to politics. However, it required time to “study and strategise”.

“We will see when the war comes and war is nothing but an election. If you are entering a war you have to win it and you can’t win just because of bravery. You also have to strategise. It is taking time because one has to analyse difficulties and losses,” he said.

He said more than the people, the media was interested in knowing about his political plans.

He also advised his fans not to focus on the negative information being circulated in the social media. “Focus on positive thoughts,” he said.

In November, he had told reporters that there was no hurry for him to enter politics.

In May, while addressing a large gathering of his fans, Rajinikanth said he would choose the path of politics “God willing”.

“God decides what we have to do in life at every phase. Right now, he wants me to be an actor and I’m fulfilling my responsibility. If God willing, I will enter politics tomorrow.

“If I enter, I will be very truthful and will not entertain people who are in this to make money. I won’t work with such people,” he had said.

Preceding the announcement, Rajinikanth will have photo sessions with his fans over the next six days.

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Dinakaran takes early lead in R.K.Nagar by-poll


Sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V.Dinakaran on Sunday took an early lead in the by-election for the Radhakrishnan Nagar (R.K.Nagar) constituency that fell vacant after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Meanwhile, supporters of both AIADMK and Dinakaran clashed inside a hall in the Queen Mary’s College here where the vote count of the by-election that took place on December 21 was ongoing.

According to reports, the AIADMK agents inside the hall started an argument with Dinakaran’s supporters following the news of his early lead.

Dinakaran is contesting the by-poll as an Independent candidate.

He was followed by AIADMK’s E.Madhusudhanan and DMK’s N.Marudhu Ganesh.

At the end of the second round of vote counting, Dinakaran has got 10,421 votes, Madhusudhanan 4,521 and Ganesh 2,383.

The by-poll was necessitated following the death of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016, who represented the seat.

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Any government ignoring human suffering will fall: Kamal Haasan


Hitting out at the Tamil Nadu government, Tamil actor Kamal Haasan on Sunday said any regime that focusses on power and fame even if results in loss of life would fall.

A person is an accessory to a murder if his action results in an accident which Tamil Nadu’s rulers should realise, he said.

In a tweet, Haasan said a government that does not value the lives of pedestrians cannot travel in a palanquin for long, in an obliquely reference to the death of a software engineer in Coimbatore – around 500 km from here – on Friday after hitting the wooden structure on the road.

The wooden structure was erected for an decorative arch as a part of the centenary celebration of AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran.

PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss said the ruling party has not obtained any permission from the authorities for putting up such structures.

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