27 November, 2020

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Jayalalithaa: Forever Remembered, Forever Missed

By FHA Shibly

Jayalalitha Jayaram, a former film star popularly known as Amma and Puratchi Talaivi by her party members and people around Tamil Nadu is the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state. She was a popular and powerful woman worked as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for more than 10 years.

She died on 5th December 2016 after 75 days of illness and subsequent hospitalisation, where multiple attempts to resuscitate her after she suffered a cardiac arrest, failed at Apollo hospital, Chennai.

JayalalithaaOn September 22nd of 2016 she had been hospitalized due to infection and dehydration. She was being monitored by many specialists from Apollo, AIIMS and physicians from UK. She later responded to the treatment and has recovered slightly. Later on December 4th she was declared fit by AIIMS specialists who have been treating her and can be discharged and can be taken to her home in Poes Garden whenever she’s willing.

The next evening again she was shifted to ICU as she has been diagnosed by heart attack. She was being treated for the same from then. Apollo have been continuously releasing news bulletin regarding her health. She was treated with Echmo, which when the heart fails and acts as artificial heart and functions exactly like a normal heart. She has been declared dead on December 5th at midnight 11.30 pm.

She is a former Heroine. She had worked in many films including Sri Shaila Mahathme, Manushulu Mamathalu, Ayirathi Oruvan, Man Mauji, Epistle and many more featuring in multi lingual films including English. She had been awarded as best actor for her roles in many films with highest state awards in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil.

She in 1982 joined the AIADMK party which was founded by M.G. Rama Chandran. From then she has been active in politics. She has become propaganda secretary for the party and has been selected as a candidate for Tiruchendur Assembly constituency in the by-elections. Later she improved step by step and has made a strong career politically.

AIADMK was allied with National Congress and till then she has been established well in the party. As Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated then and it became a sympathy based advantage for her. She became the first female, youngest Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu serving full time from June 1991 to May 1996.

From then she introduced many schemes favoring women empowerment. She introduced cradle baby scheme against female fetus abortions. Under her ministry Tamil Nadu have seen women biased police stations. Her party lost power in the next elections.

In spite of losing hope she had become an active opposition leader and lead her party with victory in the next consecutive elections. She has been sentenced to jail for the accusation of allegedly obtaining state operated agency TANSI. Despite this AIADMK won in the term elections with majority and was declared as CM as non-elected member.

Her party AIADMK in April 2011 was part of 13 alliance party and has won 14 assembly seats. She was declared the Chief Minister of the state for the third time. On September 2014 she has been sentenced to jail for four years and fined 100 crore Indian Rupee by special court in Bengaluru. She was convicted in a disproportionate assets case which was 18 year old which was launched by Janatha Party President Subrahmanya Swamy. Based on many allegations filed on her she was automatically disqualified as the CM of the state and has become the first Indian Chief Minister to be disqualified.

O. Paneerselvam succeeded as the CM of the state on September 2014. Supreme Court on October 2014 granted her bail and suspended her jail sentence. Jayalalitha has been again elected as the fifth CM of the State on May 2015 as she has been allowed by the acquittal.

She in May 2016 elections has been elected as the Chief Minister of the State for the sixth time, retaining R.K.Nagar constituency with a margin of 39,545 votes. After M.G.Rama Chandran she was the second CM to serve as the CM consecutively. She on her victory speech commented as “when even 10 parties allied themselves against me, I have not have coalition and kept faith on God, built an alliance with people. It has made clear that people have faith in me and have I faith on people”.

Despite of many struggles she faced during her political time, she has gained faith of masses and has won many hearts. Thus she became a King, not queen in Tamil Nadu political history. Rest in Peace Jayalalitha!

*FHA Shibly,Lecturer, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka

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    Thanks Shibly for the brief write-up.

    To be in Tamil Nadu politics and that too end up as Chief Minister on five occasions,is indeed an achievement.I read somewhere she wanted to be a Lawyer like her father,but ended up in Films.She had a very strong mentor in MGR,another iconic personality,who more or less led the way towards her rise in Films and Politics.Today,there will be chaos in South-India,after her death.
    A thick-skinned personality no doubt to reach the heights that she reached.The photo in this article,where she raises a finger says it all!
    End of an era for Tamil-Nadu:
    Rest in Peace Komalavalli,Ammu,Jaya and finally AMMA to hundreds of others!

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      FHA Shibly

      RE: Jayalalithaa: Forever Remembered, Forever Missed

      1. “Jayalalitha Jayaram, a former film star popularly known as Amma and Puratchi Talaivi by her party members and people around Tamil Nadu is the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state. She was a popular and powerful woman worked as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for more than 10 years.”

      2. “She is a former Heroine. She had worked in many films including Sri Shaila Mahathme, Manushulu Mamathalu, Ayirathi Oruvan, Man Mauji, Epistle and many more featuring in multi lingual films including English. She had been awarded as best actor for her roles in many films with highest state awards in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil.”

      3. “She became the first female, youngest Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu serving full time from June 1991 to May 1996.”

      4. “From then she introduced many schemes favoring women empowerment. She introduced cradle baby scheme against female fetus abortions. Under her ministry Tamil Nadu have seen women biased police stations. Her party lost power in the next elections.”

      5. “Her party AIADMK in April 2011 was part of 13 alliance party and has won 14 assembly seats. She was declared the Chief Minister of the state for the third time. On September 2014 she has been sentenced to jail for four years and fined 100 crore Indian Rupee by special court in Bengaluru. She was convicted in a disproportionate assets case which was 18 year old which was launched by Janatha Party President Subrahmanya Swamy. Based on many allegations filed on her she was automatically disqualified as the CM of the state and has become the first Indian Chief Minister to be disqualified.”

      6. “Jayalalitha has been again elected as the fifth CM of the State on May 2015 as she has been allowed by the acquittal.”

      7. “She in May 2016 elections has been elected as the Chief Minister of the State for the sixth time, retaining R.K.Nagar constituency with a margin of 39,545 votes. After M.G.Rama Chandran she was the second CM to serve as the CM consecutively. She on her victory speech commented as “when even 10 parties allied themselves against me, I have not have coalition and kept faith on God, built an alliance with people. It has made clear that people have faith in me and have I faith on people”.

      FHA Shibly, thanks for the write up , and the world should know who Jayalalitha Jayaram was. A Fighter, a women, who wanted women issues addressed. She was a role model for women in Asia to fight for your rights against discrimination. She did not inherit a husbands legacy unlike the late Srima Bandaranaike, or the late Indira Gandhi, who inherited her fathers Legacy.

      Rest in Peace Jayalalitha Jayaram!

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      Plato.

      Please listen to these clips:

      Rendezvous with Simi Garewal Jayalalithaa Parts 1 & 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzqLo_1SPZg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf2bU9xD-3E

      I just received these links only a few minutes ago.

      Please tell us whether you have changed your opinion about Jayalalitha and MGR since watching both clips.

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    Why do people in the Orient,especially in South Asia wail enmass when a politician dies , whereas people in the Occident observe such a passing is observed in dignified silence?Has poverty anything to do with it ?

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      Read what Plato has written. typical Indian mentality. He is licking.

      there are so many to kneel infront of power.

      Now, no one talks about how she became rich or how she got a child in that conservative indian culture while being “miss Jayalilaitha”. Why she became the mistress of MGR or how she gave gifts in gold while her subjects were still worshiiping porcelain toilets, get married to dogs and frogs etc., etc.,

      Anyway, she had the couraage and determination to live her life while manipulating and exploiting south Indians.

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      ranjith(sprrw)

      “[Edited out]”

      Brilliant

      Thanks for keeping it brief.

      Can you make your typing reappear with your background in sorcery?

  • 6
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    What did she take with her? Money? Properties or any other valuables? This is what we should understand. May she rest in peace.

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    Not me, She was a threat to national security of Sri Lanka,
    Stole our fish stocks!

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      And what about you guys – though enjoying your greener pasture being in UK ?

      You have proved it to be a greater threat to lanken GG rulers.

      Please return to the country and help the men in action.

      Stop backlicking of extremists any further.

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        Yes, we are coming with Gota!

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          Gota will never be able to represent anyone in that part of the world.
          You could continue dreaming.
          If my guesses are right – you should be a septugenarian right ?
          There should be something wrong in your profile basically to think even supporting to a blood sucker of the kind Gota.
          Your family circles should be worried of your being. Basta

          Even my dog would see it better.

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            Jobs and development over human rights and good governance!
            Nothing personnel! :)
            Look where china today!

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              Is that case where you are based – Great Britain ?

              Unfortunately not.

              How did MR create jobs ? They never created.. just added few but most of them ended up in vain.
              Those graduates posted to some areas – were not fully supported neither by salaries nor with office rooms. That is how they treated the graduates.

              China is no means comparable to lanka. But Malaysia s state can be comparable to that of lanka.
              However, lankens are filled with more sabotage related men and women than harding working ones.

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              Soup kitchens galore:450 million unemployed and on the rise is where China is.

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          Dont you think that Galthanne -abusive witch doctor, and current Asiri or Valampuri kattadiya all have something in common which is not far from Gota and Basil.

          If anyone even today believe them to be men to lead us – that I would rather stand with AKD and JVPrs even if they dont have political maturity as expected.

          I mean interms of manipulating the gulliable, gawky, easy targets -who are the majority in this deteriorating nation, Rajapakshe men are merciless buggers. WE DONT NEED ANY FURTHER SEARCHes but THE TRUTH.

          Having listened to a discussion telecasted by Sirasa on the 5th, I got to know the gravity of fund abuses carried out by Rajapakshe kith and kin – without records left for tracing, even if thousands of millions have been issued for those development projects. Today they speak about GOOD governance and their misakes loudly- people become worried – who to believe. Minister of Finance provably have got records of the projects, that nothing is done, but were documented as paid off. Can you imagine? These are not limited to thousands, but thosands of millions – so?

          They did some work – but there THEY could respect norms – instead it was like pouring water into a Hilpolkatta: So water did not remain in it. LIkewise, road and development was there, but massive wastages resulted- as never was the case in lanken history.

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          but Petrol filling station attendant’s jobs not available.
          only jobs for thieves of public’s coffers and butchers available.

          Ask Hothambaya Jarapassa and his Malaccan Family clan, if interested?????.

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      Srinath,a malu hora no?

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    Thanks Shibly

    She was a strong leader better than Mrs Thatcher. Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu followed MGR for the betterment of poor masses.

    My heartfelt condolences.

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    We have not seen any official condolence on CT by Lankawe’s Royals. That appears to be only their reluctance to accept Eelam Tamils, but not much against anything of a Karnata actress. The petty Royals who lacks statesmanship lacks gentlemanship too.

    Two years ago Old Brother Prince’s Defense Ministry’s official website carried a very unprofessional, filthy article about Jaya Amma. With that there was a cartoon depicting PM Manmohan Singh and CM Jayalalitha in sextually obscene circumstances. Indian government forced the Brother Prince to apologize for that. Earlier, before Ponni was ousted from Old Royal Bar, the Lankawe’s Field Marshal had degraded Karunanidhi’s government as “Tamil Nadu Politicians are comedians”. The strength of the Royal Highness of that time, Field Marshal refused to apologize. But Sonia took the revenge by working with Old king to defeat him and eventually lock him up.

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      I was going to post the same comment.
      No message of condolence from PM Ranil or President My3 or the Foreign Minister (whose is he?)

      May be they are busy licking Trumps’s arse

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        Now there are messages appearing in the other medias. If it is a press release it should have come to CT too. I do not know what happened.

        They Both have expressed their condolences.

        Here one of the Links:
        President & PM condolence over demise of TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
        http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1012723/president-pm-condolence-over-demise-of-tamil-nadu-chief-minister-jayalalithaa

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          Thanks Mallaiyuran
          I stand corrected.
          CT do the honourable job and publish the condolence message from the PM and Prez of Sri Lanka to the people of Tamil Nadu.

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            Basil is out and about so you keep kissing Pres and PM backside-The tiger would be extinct.

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    An “Actress”, a drama even to the end of her life!

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    The curse of We Thamizh Eezham strikes again!

    Looking forward to Usha’s 2 cents – perhaps she will bless us with another selfie of her struggling on the throne :D

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma “Looking forward to Usha’s 2 cents “

      hot on the heels you got it from Usha- Amma of CT.

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    Less of Graft and more of Giving that Lankan’s could learn from.
    Do Lankan’s ever learn??

    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa passed away in Chennai after 74 days of hospitalisation, Apollo Hospitals announced in a press release issued at 12:15 a.m. on Monday.
    Birth of a Star:
    Jayalalitha was born as Komalavalli in a Tamil Iyengar family on 24th February 1948, in Mysore.
    The AIADMK leader has filed income tax returns upto the assessment year 2015-16 and assessments have been completed up to 2013-14. Her total assets were equivalent to US$ 16.7937 million (almost nothing for an actress and politician)

    J Jayalalithaa was class apart. No other leader of contemporary Indian politics can match up to the deadly combination of flamboyant populism and superior leadership the AIADMK leader had.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/nation-world/from-a-classical-dancer-to-political-leader-ammas-life-in-pics/birth-of-a-star/slideshow/55816977.cms

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    We in Sri Lanka will not miss her one bit; a chauvinistic banshee who created problems for Sri Lanka to win TN elections. She supported ILLEGAL fishing aka poaching at the expense of Sri lanka Tamil fishermen. She looted and she was corrupt. Tamils may wail and commit suicide but we will not.

    Sure maybe she did good for Tamil Nadu Tamils. But Indians and specially Tamil Nadu’s tamil chauvinistic pigs helped extend the war in Sri Lanka. So Jeyam Jeyam Amma; no thanks for supporting terrorists, then not supporting them and then again supporting them. LTTE is dead; we love that Velupillai, and Tamil Chelvam and others are all dead.

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    You entertained us when We were young ,my heart felt condolences…

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    jayalalitha can have eelam in hell with fat praba

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      Reminds me of Premedasa’s Cow and Calf story in 1977 but that was in reference to SLFP leader and her son. Has Amma who encouraged Tamil fishermen to steal our fish belonging to Sri Lankan Tamils been referred to as such?

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    Our sympathy as good and popular south Indian actress , but not as a politician. because she involves with many corruptions and also how she became rich like this the way one commenter mentionde .to our knowledge we know most of the thamilnadu south Indians they are not bothered as long as they get something from her will sacrifice their lives , only thing that they want is the religion and their tamile nationality . as majority sinhala sri lankans may not happy with her political leader ship because always been creating problems to the Island . she may missed and never forget by the tamilnadu and Sri Lanka’s tamile people not the whole world .

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      The land of of the beast and economic refugees.
      The whole world googles where is the sinhalaya thoppi karaya.
      Go back to Bangladesh(28% DNA) your blood brothers royingas are calling.

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    Native.

    Jayalalitha is a personality,an icon;It is History who could possibly judge her!
    But I know one thing;She has been an avid reader of English Literature;
    I am now trying to get in touch with Arunthathi Roy to figure out what she has been reading. If I have that info :I could assure you we would know more about her personality!

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    Jayalalitha had lot illegally obtained money with her.

    On the 3rd of Dec 2016 she recovered from her chest infection for which she was initially taken to Hospital in the first place and was moved to normal ward from ICU ward.

    On the 4th of December, some one broke the news to her that the Central Government of India had made all bank notes above £500.00 as illegal.
    When she herd this news she got a massive heart attack and died after few hours.

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    India is a big puzzle. India revers women’s sexual morality. For them women’s purity is very important. She can have intimate relationship only with the wedded husband. They worship pathini or kannaki. Tamil films, dramas are full of this stuff.

    But Jayalalitha was living as a mistress of MGR. She is supposed to have had a child out of wedlock. But Indian masses called her Amma ans worshiped AMMA like a goddess. It is difficult to comprehend these contradictions.

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