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The Formidable Jayalalithaa – Unrivalled Leader Of The Tamils

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity – Part 2

The Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, the formidable J Jayalalithaa is on a roll.  In my article,  Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity part 1, I said Jayalalithaa “is sitting pretty”.  That was before the elections. [1] Now after her “historic and unparalleled win’ at the Lok Sabha elections, capturing 37 seats out of 39, Jayalalithaa, “Tamilnadu’s Lady”, the name she gave herself, has reached a highpoint in her illustrious political career with a high popularity rating to match – she has indeed reached the pinnacle. Yet some might disagree, when she has yet another goal to achieve, that of Prime Minister of India. Why does she need that although we won’t discount it.  Why does she need that, when she is the indisputable, inimitable, unrivalled and proven leader of all Tamils the world over, not just India.

In modern parlance Jayalalithaa “rocks” meaning she astounds.

It’s not just Jayalalithaa’s incredible tenacity that stands out more and more – add consistency, reliability, dependability and loyalty to the list. Unquestionably these are the attributes that make a great world leader and she has got it all!

Not only that, with her determination, resoluteness and indefatigable spirit, Jayalalithaa stands out and outshines her rivals.

There were times when for instance NDTV’s Truth vs Hype [2] and other similar programmes tried to portray her as buying her votes with handouts (a culture started by the DMK Jayalalithaa has said). Although many analysts actually doubted her victory this time on, with the emergence of the ‘Rainbow Coalition’ forged by the BJP, she came out triumphant.

Indeed Jayalalithaa proved all her critics wrong by her remarkable win!

The “lady is not for turning” I said in Part 1, quoting Margaret Thatcher’s famous phrase. [3]

jaya-mainNow as I write Part 2, she is “Tamilnadu’s Lady”: the one who stands taller than any other man you can name in India and why not the world! Yes, even the man who is now Prime Minister of India and she has statistics to prove it.

At the elections running on her achievements and that of her opposition in Tamilnadu, she didn’t wish to and wouldn’t attack Narendra Modi, the BJP prime ministerial candidate because of the cordiality that existed between them; this was how it was until the final days of her campaign, when according some analysts, Narendra Modi  visited  ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth’s home  and got his endorsement; the cordial relationship between Jayalalithaa and Modi apparently was not so cordial anymore.

Sherkhar Iyer for The Hindustan Times opines that Jayalalithaa’s attack came after Modi’s “much publicised visit to film star Rajinikanth’s house and the actor declaring his support for him” [4] :

Sherkhar Iyer writes as he quotes an AIADMK insider:

“Jayalalithaa is not likely to take a soft view of Modi’s interaction with Rajinikanth, who has not been on friendly terms with her since 1996 when he came out against Amma.”

Little did Modi realise he was making a grave mistake, for “Tamilnadu’s Lady” gave him a roasting that he won’t easily forget: [5]

Addressing her Tamilnadu constituency, rattling off statistical comparisons that seemed like a performance evaluation of herself and Modi, Jayalalithaa lashed out with facts and figures although, as they say, a lot gets lost in translation which I shall attempt to do:

From 2001 -2012  crimes against women had increased by 65% in Gujarat, she said, where as it had reduced by 29% in TN;  from 2005-2013 the number of incidents relating to religious and racial tensions was 479 in Gujarat as opposed to 237 in TN she said; in terms of welfare schemes the people most benefited were the people from the State of Tamilnadu compared to Gujarat where the opposite was true, she said; for instance food rations sold in the black market in Gujarat was high as 63% and in Tamilnadu it was a only just 4%; the overall growth in TN was an inclusive one that encompassed the poor and the destitute she concluded, posing a question: “Tell me my beloved people, the voters of Tamilnadu, who is the best administrator, is it Gujarat’s Modi or Tamilnadu’s Lady.” And wow her “beloved”  Tamilnadu responded with a resounding endorsement of “Tamilnadu’s Lady”, Jayalalithaa giving her a record breaking win at the Lok Sabha elections where she garnered more than 94% of the seats, whilst over all Modi won only 60% of the seats!

Despite all the hype, the so called “Modi Wave” in Tamilnadu turned out to be an “illusion”. It was undeniably the “Amma Wave” that came out like a tsunami with more than 70% voter turnout. Jayalalithaa even defied many election forecasts and surpassed Times Of India’s Exit Polls projection of 31 seats by winning 37 seats. [6]  [7]

Jayalalithaa’s main opponent DMK projected to win 7+ seats did not win a single seat and its one time coalition partner the Congress Party got 0 seats as well. The BJP (with its allies) projected to win 4+ seats won just one whilst the PMK a BJP ally also won a seat.

Shastri Ramachandran for The Citizen puts forward the argument that in a sense, Jayalalithaa is a bigger winner than Narendra Modi: [8]

“Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is a bigger winner than BJP’s Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections in one sense. With the AIADMK of ‘The Lady’ bagging 37 out of the 39 seats, her score is over 90 per cent. In contrast, Modi, even after taking the BJP comfortably ahead of the 272-mark, has scored only a little more 60 per cent…The AIADMK has emerged as the third largest party, just ahead of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.”

Ramachandran even speculates that with Jayalalithaa’s emergence as the “third largest party” and Congress party’s poor showing, she could be the leader of the opposition with Modi’s “prompting”. He further analyses that although Modi may not need her help at the Lok Sabha, he would “have use for Amma’s nine (soon to be ten) members in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is a minority.”

“…the BJP and Narendra Modi do not need the big block of AIADMK MPs in the Lok Sabha to get on with their business in Parliament and government. However, the BJP, which is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha, may have use for Amma’s nine (soon to become 10) members in the Upper House,” he writes.

Jayalalithaa has shown she has mettle, forthrightness and an enduring loyalty to her causes that she upstages her peers every time. In a display of sheer defiance and courage, she boycotts Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony and decides not to send a “representative” either.

In a letter to Prime Minister designate Modi, Jayalalithaa, writing very pointedly with an absolute sense of purpose and no ambiguity, had words for the “new Government to be formed at the Centre” and the “previous Central Government, showing her “anguish and dismay” at the invitation afforded to Mahinda Rajapaksa, despite “the entire country and indeed the entire world” being aware of “the various resolutions” her “State Legislative Assembly” had passed “with regard to  war crimes, ethnic pogrom and genocide perpetrated against the Sri Lankan Tamil people by the Sri Lankan Army under the Rajapaksa Government”.

Jayalalithaa considering the Modi’s move to be “ill advised”, wrote, it could have been better “avoided”.

Jayalalithaa pulls no punches in her criticism of both governments, virtually blaming the Congress led government of “trampling on the sentiments of Tamils” by its continued “inaction” during its tenure and the new BJP government of being neither “sympathetic to the cause of Tamils” nor “friendly to the State of Tamil Nadu” and for “deeply upsetting the people of Tamilnadu” and “wounding their sentiments all over again” by the move to invite Rajapaksa, which she said is, ” tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche”. [9]

Her letter truly illustrates that Jayalalithaa has assumed the role of guardian of the Eelam Tamil people and has a total grasp of the issues at stake:

“I have noted with dismay reports  in the media that the Sri Lankan President, Thiru Mahinda Rajapaksa has been invited to the Swearing-in Ceremony of the new Prime Minister of India and that the Sri Lankan President has accepted the invitation and stated that he will be present at the ceremony.  The sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamils living in other parts of India and abroad are well known in the matter pertaining to Sri Lankan Tamils. There has been a General Election to the Lok Sabha and a new Government is to take charge in a few days, but this in no way alters the already existing strained relations  between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.  The entire country and indeed the entire world is aware of the various Resolutions passed in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly during the last three years, with regard to the war crimes, ethnic pogrom and genocide perpetrated against the Sri Lankan Tamil people by the Sri Lankan Army under the Rajapaksa Government in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka.  We had demanded an economic embargo on Sri Lanka and urged that India should take the lead in bringing a Resolution in the United Nations for those accused of war crimes and genocide to be brought before the International Court of Justice and that they should be made to face trial.  But, the previous Central Government chose to ignore the Resolutions passed by the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly by not taking any action  and thereby trampled on the sentiments of the Tamils. We had hoped that the new Government to be formed at the Centre would be sympathetic to the cause of Tamils and friendly to the State of Tamil Nadu. However, even before the new Prime Minister and the new Government assume office and begin functioning, this unfortunate move of inviting the Sri Lankan President to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony of the new Prime Minister of India has deeply upset the people of Tamil Nadu and wounded their sentiments all over again. This is tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche.

It is with a deep sense of anguish that we point this out to the new Government to be formed at the Centre. Particularly, with regard to the relationship of the new Central Government with the Government of Tamil Nadu, it would have been better if this ill advised move had been avoided. ” [10] 

What a snub by her, to a man Jayalalithaa was hoping would be “friendly” towards Tamilnadu and what a letdown by a man who promised to extend his full “cooperation” to her. [11]

A Member of SAARC or not, Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa had no place in Modi’s swearing-in. As a mark of solidarity with and respect for the concerns and wishes of the State of Tamilnadu, Modi should have shown more sensitivity towards a member of the Federation of Indian States. After all wasn’t Modi going to be the Prime Minister of all India and all of its people?

And what better advocate can Eelam Tamils have than Jayalalithaa?. No one else can be a stronger voice or be in a position to send a stronger message to the Indian Government at the Centre and thereby to the entire world than Jayalalithaa? She boycotted the Modi event at a cost to her surely, that could affect her, losing out on a possible role “at the Centre”, who knows if Ramachandran is right? Who knows if Modi is a person who holds grudges.

It was Jayalalithaa who led the call for economic sanctions against Sri Lanka, now suggested by others such as Paul Dewar, the Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs, similarly by John Baird, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister who has said he is with-holding funding to the Commonwealth as long as Sri Lanka is Chair and Hugo Swire, Minister of State in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office “expressing concerns” about Sri Lanka, as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow gets closer.

Who better can safeguard Eelam Tamils better than Jayalalithaa? No matter what, regardless of the Sri Lankan government being “happy” that according to it, with Modi’s majority, “Jayalalithaa has lost clout in New Delhi,” Jayalalithaa is still Sri Lanka’s biggest headache, when it come to India, the one woman in the way, hampering its relationship with India’s Central Government. [12]

Whilst Modi told Rajapaksa to “expedite the national reconciliation in a manner that meets the aspirations of the Tamil community for a life of equality, justice, peace and dignity in a united Sri Lanka by implementing the 13th Amendment and going beyond,” as per Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh’s opening remarks at her press briefing [13] Jayalalithaa on the other hand, knowing the true aspirations of Eelam Tamils has always called for a referendum on Eelam, with the Tamil Diaspora also being eligible to vote.

That’s the difference!

There is a need to articulate what “beyond” means. Would land and police powers be included. Will there be a federal structure as per the mandate that TNA obtained. There is need to review the 13th Amendment in the light of the 18th amendment and the Divineguma Bill that has become law to determine if 13 A carries with it actual devolution of power to the Tamils. Additionally for any free and fair discussion it is imperative that the 6th Amendment be relaxed.

Incidentally whilst Modi’s side had briefed the press precisely on what transpired, Sri Lanka’s press release after the meeting said nothing of that kind. I am beginning to wonder whether this is how Sri Lankans are lied to by their President, the Presidential Spokesman and the Media Unit. Shame! [14]

Narendra Modi and his External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj should be wary of Rajapaksa and should realise the lies and the broken promises made up to date. As Eelam Tamils hope for a new dawn with Narendra Modi at the helm, hopefully “Tamilnadu’s Lady ” Jayalalithaa would help him to write a new script for a political settlement in keeping with their true aspirations that would restore for them their lost freedom, land & dignity. [15]


[1] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jayalalithaas-incredible-tenacity/

[2] http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/truth-vs-hype/truth-vs-hype-the-contenders-of-2014-jayalalithaa-s-splendid-isolation/313360

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBPCFfxZij8

[4] http://www.bulletin247.com/english-news/show/have-modi-jayalalithaa-gone-too-far-by-attacking-each-other

[5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NGWWg9s_58

[6] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Exit-polls-favour-AIADMK-indicate-Modi-wave-just-an-illusion-in-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/35039125.cms

[7] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/live-election-results-2014-south-who-will-play-kingmaker/

[8] http://www.thecitizen.in/jaya-and-modi-congratulate-each-other-one-eye-on-leader-of-opposition-post-in-lok-sabha-2/

[9] http://aiadmk.com/press-statement-of-selvi-j-jayalalithaa/

[10] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/Jayalalithaa-to-skip-Modis-swearing-in-ceremony-Reports/videoshow/35594624.cms

[11] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/After-Jayas-greeting-Modi-lauds-her-win/articleshow/35320333.cms

[12] http://www.ndtv.com/elections/article/election-2014/sri-lanka-happy-jayalalithaa-lost-clout-in-new-delhi-527048

[13] http://www.mea.gov.in/media-briefings.htm dtl/23369/Foreign+Secretarys+opening+remarks+during+the+Media+Briefing+on+

Prime+Ministers+meetings+with+the+Leaders+of+the+SAARC+member+countries+and+Mauritius

[14] http://ow.ly/d/2cpy

[15] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/Jayalalithaa-calls-for-a-referendum-on-separate-Eelam/videoshow/19242335.cms

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    This write up about Ms Jayalalithaa borders on chronic adulation. The claim “she is the indisputable, inimitable, unrivalled and proven leader of all Tamils the world over, not just India” is just wishful thinking. . In the first place she is not a Tamil. Jayalalithaa was born at Melukote, in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Mysore State (now Karnataka) in a Iyengar Brahmin family. Her mother tongue is Kannada and not Tamil. As for her “spectacular electoral victory of scoring 37/39 (94.8%) of the seats, in terms of number of votes polled it is only 44.3%! In other words 55.7% voted against AIADMK! In a 5 corned contest the opposition vote got badly split. In 35 out of 39 electorates the combined votes of DMK and BJP alliance exceeded the votes polled by the AIADMK candidates. The DMK is not a write off as the writer gleefully claims. The DMK scored on its own won 23.6% and 26.8% with its alliance partners. In the last Lok Sabha elections the AIADMK won only 10 out of 39. So all this hyperbole about Jayalaithaa’s spectacular poll victory is not supported by cold facts. Jayalalithaa in the past has a history of whimsical ways. She is caste conscious and has no love for the Tamil language or culture. She never speaks about them in any forum. In the eighties she was a supporter of the LTTE. In the nineties she turned a formidable and vicious foe. She wanted the central government to send the Indian army to Sri Lanka to arrest Prabhakaran, bring home and then hanged! During the last phase of the Eelam war she remained unmoved and unconcerned. When asked about Tamil people dying in their thousands due to shelling and bombing by the Sinhala army, she replied “In war it is normal for people to die!” Her party never protested against the war waged against the Tamils. Only on the eve of the 2011 State Assembly she found it is politically expedient to champion the cause of Eelam. As the writer rightly pointed out Jayalalithaa called for a referendum among Sri Lankan Tamils on the formation of a ‘Separate Eelam’ within Sri Lanka. She also demanded by way of resolution in the Assembly to hold for an impartial, international and independent probe for the alleged war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka. She also castigated the centre for calling Sri Lanka a friendly nation and asked the Congress-led UPA government to impose economic sanctions until the Sri Lankan government stops atrocities against Tamils living there. The UPA of course turned a deaf ear and paid the price for it.
    My only prayer is Jayalalithaa will stay the course and not put a summersault like in the past.

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      Thyru,

      Do somebody have to teach you the Tamil links. Do you know that 85% of India’s population belongs to the Dravida stock. And the immediate siblings of the Tamils are the Kannadigas & Malayola Makkal (the people over the mountain).

      The languages spoken in the regions of Karnataka, Kongu and Malabar were respectively known as Karunaattut-tamil, Tulunattut-tamil and Malainattut-tamil. Today however, these regional languages are classified under a general term “Dravidian”.

      The origin of Malayalam as a distinct language could be traced back to the last quarter of Ninth Century A.D. Malayalam first appeared in writing in the ‘Vazhappalli Inscription’ which dates from sround 830 AD. In the early thirteenth century the Malayalam script began to develop from a script known as ‘vattezhuthu’ (rounded scripts), being a descendant of the Brahmi script. The Malayalam as we use now is in a highly simplified from it’s original 900 glyphs.

      Kannada belongs to be one of the oldest Dravidian languages with an antiquity of at least 2000 years. The spoken language is said to have separated from its proto-Dravidian source earlier than the modern Tamil and about the same time as Tulu. However, the archaeological evidence would indicate a written tradition of around 1600 years. The initial development of the Kannada language is similar to that of other Dravidian languages independent of Sanskrit influence. During later centuries, Kannada, along with other Dravidian languages like Telugu, Modern Tamil, Malayalam, etc., has been greatly influenced by Sanskrit in terms of vocabulary, grammar and literary styles.

      Verily the Dravidian languages out-date Sanskrit and Tamil is one of the most ancient living languages of the world.

      see also:

      https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/gengo1939/1989/95/1989_95_32/_pdf

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      Thiru my friend:

      I take issue with your attack on Ushas Chronic Adulation as you call it which I call Admiration of the highest order. You question labellig her as the undisputed and Unrivalled leader of the Tamils all over the World and I have no problem in confirming Ushas noimnation for the following reasons.

      Undisputed : Under the first past the post system she romped home unchallenged. It was a stupendous victory and in the current context that entitles her to be the undisputed Leader of the Tamils.
      Unrivalled: 38 out of 39 DMK candidates lost their deposit and that tell us that she has no rivals.

      As for her to have been born in Mysore of Tamil roots doesnt disquialify her from speaking for the Tamils. Does it matter whether she is Tamil or not. MGR was a malayali and as long as he was alive no one got a look in. Gandhi was a Gujarathi and he was the father of the Nation. Modi has been elected by non Gujarathis.
      As for your other argument about whether or not we can trust her I will tell I wholeheartedly trust her. The reason why she didnt lend her support to our plight during the final stages of the Eelam war was because she was in the opposition and kept in the dark by Karunanithi. The traitor controlled all the TV channels and the horrors of the Eelam war was never conveyed to her or the Electorate. It was only after the video footage of the Mullivaikal was shown to her she realised the horrors.She has not flinched from supporting us.

      I suggest you watch her first interview after she was elected CM. Actions speak louder than words and her first act was to pass a resolution declaring MR a War Criminal. We paid a price for the Bad blood between her and Sonia but that is a thing of the past.

      For me she is the saviour of Tamil Fortunes and I hope you feel the same way.

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      Thiru,
      Of course Jayalalitha is a Tamil, If I’m not wrong they have their roots in Srirangam, Tiruchi. The very word Iyengar is a tamil word(Brahmin – Vaishnavites. Iyers are Brahmin Savites). Jayalalitha herself gave a clarification that she is a tamil.

      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/When-Jaya-thumbed-her-nose-at-Kannada-activists/articleshow/20761408.cms

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    Dear Usha
    Well, well a very good article but did not sufficiently address Jaya and Shri Modi your intention remember you are a lobbyist at the same time asked a very good question. Do we go with bended knees to Jayalalitha as our last Bastian? The simple answer is abit No my sister. It contained flashes of brilliance and unreserved undeniable praise of a person who had failed us when it mattered most when we were in the hot seat remembers.

    So why cry over spilt mild for help, are you going to go after her? Nothing is more than the truth she will fail us again will ultimately come to nothing with her. Concentrate on her pitfalls remind her of her short memory.

    Frankly speaking I don’t care a damn whether Jaya supports the Tamil plight or not she is not trustworthy and not someone you should waste writing about. During the last days of the Genocide of the Tamils by the Sinhalese she did nothing while Tamils were being slaughtered not so much as make squeal.

    She is too weak and not about to call her bluff now with the landslide. Narendra Modi is innocent about fighting another’s fight specially Sri Lanka’s internal fights as he considers Sinhalese as his brothers and sisters more related than the Tamils. You will remember the blessed advantage Sinhalese have is they come from Pali and Sanskrit script of the North and Buddhism Sangamitta and Mahinda which is closer to Shri Modi’s heart than Lord Shiva although his FB is replete with Tamil Gods pictures and the great misconception Ravan was a Sri Lankan Sinhalese is deeply rooted and distressing in the Indian psyche.

    This is a folklore that we are concerned is enmeshed in the intricate web of superstition and intrigue and hardly the truth as both the warring parties Sinhalese and Tamils give any credence to this lies, lies and statistic to borrow a phrase.. Ironically these are huge lies in the Indian ideology and artefacts as far as the small little Island at the tip of India is concerned and it would be uncivil of me not to provoke a discussion on Sri Lanka was a hideout rather than a pent house for Ravan now that we are in a position of ascendancy with the Chinese and Pakistani inevitable invasion of Sri Lanka to the bemusement of India.

    If we are to woo Shri Modi to our advantage it will take a change of heart which is not possible in Shi Modi right now if you can’t beat em join em as the saying goes. Jaya is just a talker will not do anything except a tokenistic shift of her buttocks to be quite frank. In politics praising someone open ended like what you believe in Jaya will not give the proper return on investment and she knows it she doesn’t have any genuine sympathy towards our cause.

    We should not give out our selects to our enemies like Gandhi ji “We have our secrets” or our target audience that’s what I feel. We may expose them not collaborate with them even kill them then we will have their body not their obedience another Gandhi master piece (peace).

    Why go far what is Rajive Gandhi’s son’s name Rahul isn’t it, Then Narendra is Sinhalese with a “dra” not Naren(diren) there are many, many similarities between mainstream Hindi and Sinhalese ample evidence Upadia, Aluth Awrudu, Bhodisata, Nishkama to name a few so there you go they respect the Sinhalese more than the Tamils. In the midst of these ramifications comes Jaya she will not do anything because half Tamil Nadu works in the North.

    Can we do anything to reverse this misplaced misunderstood thinking that is why I wrote the following comment in Narendra Mod FB. The other day Subramanian Swamy said Sonia is Luxmy, Manmatta is Durga and Jayalalitha Saraswathi this is a form of political grand standing what proof do we need he hit three birds with one stone was proud of himself and expected plaudits from all politicians alike of all shades and hues.

    It will take a miracle to win their hearts on our side but we need to be prudent and have our self-respect and self-esteem at the top of our writings. Our ancestors have said adykkira kaiye annaikkum translated as the hand that punishes will embrace too. I believe in this. Why don’t the Tamils start some business in India if we are concerned and want to win their goodwill. Shri Modi is susceptible to economic growth and we should cash in. Round up a few rich Canadians and encourage them to start a business with the Central government or Varanasi not Tamils Nadu in particular. As far as we are concerned Tamil Nadu is virtually dead duck most culture less people don’t waste your time with them. Strange enough we haven’t learned much from the British Divide and Rule. Instead of clashing with Shri Modi’s plans we should support him. That is exactly what I have been doing for the last two years if you have a look at Shri Modi FB. I am making arrangement to hand deliver one of the world’s bestselling book on manufacturing the Toyota Way Lean Manufacturing and expressed my displeasure at dumping the manufacture of one of the British icons the Ambassador motor vehicle which the Hindustan Motors has announced its demise sooner rather than later. I wrote a small Business Plan for the resurrection of the Ambassador to Shri Modi These is the little, little things we could do to change and win over people’s perceptions. I don’t trust the Times of India who in cohorts with Colombo Tekegraog work against the Tamils. We need to steer clear of these tabloids of subterfuge if we can.

    I wrote this piece in Narendra Modi FB after hearing Shri Modi brushed aside any backlash from Tamil Nadu and show insensitivity towards the Tamils by Inviting Rajapaksa. We have to run with the heir and hunt with the foxes if you are fighting for self-determination.
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-formidable-jayalalithaa-unrivalled-leader-of-the-tamils/

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=315846871905949&id=100004419153414&comment_id=315861571904479&notif_t=like:

    On my Face BookL Is India without a rudder? President Rajapaksa will take over the rudder if India steers not the boat clear of Sri Lanka where Genocide of the Tamils is hale and hearty. Why did Prime Minister Mode do it to me and my Tamil community? Only time will tell. I am disappointed loyalty is worth nothing criminals are worth a lot in India. I suppose power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely. Tamils feel as though they have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. The old Indian civil servants are at it again they think Rejapaksa is a Gujarati brother and Sri Lanka is one of the family with India. It is not so please don’t believe such pipe dreams and falsehood. I lived in Sri Lanka for 41 years before I migrated to Australia I was born bread and educated there I know that fundamental truth. Tamils like me did lot of wrong to the Indians working in the Tea plantations of Sri Lanka in the central province but the Sri Lanka governments treated them worse like coolies crowded into coolie lines without voting rights thoughts of South Africa but the Northern Tamils like me although I was born, bred and educated free of charge in Colombo like a Sinhalese, did not fight for Indians voting rights nor better living conditions but fought against their progress in life they were where they were toiling as Tea pluckers, Tea pruners, Kankanis for generations for reasons only those Tamil members of Parliament chauvinist Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, Sir Ponnamblam Arunachalam, S J V Chelvanayagam, G G Ponnmbalam to name a few who would know. I don’t know the reasons best kept secret except to say it may have been the fact that the plantation Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka were a unfortunate uneducated lot compared to the Sri Lankan Northern Tamils like me who prided over their Doctor, Proctor Coolie, Clerk, Accountants, Engineers professional achievements in the Sri Lankan Government Service, Universities, Roads, Public Service, Railway, Power Stations and very much more establishments the Sri Lankan Tamils were in all sorts of good jobs in the Sri Lankan Government and Private sector until the cookie started to crumble in the Nineteen Seventies. I deplore that Tamils superior and holier than thou mentality and abominable attitude and I will speak against if given the opportunity anywhere anyplace anytime. So may be Prime Minister Modi is right to invite President Rajapakse after all it is my bounded duty to say sorry to the Sri Lankan Indian Tamils better late than never to put it bluntly.

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      Mohan Coomarasamy

      ‘You will remember the blessed advantage Sinhalese have is they come from Pali and Sanskrit script of the North and Buddhism Sangamitta and Mahinda which is closer to Shri Modi’s heart than Lord Shiva although his FB is replete with Tamil Gods pictures and the great misconception Ravan was a Sri Lankan Sinhalese is deeply rooted and distressing in the Indian psyche’

      I can sense a sinhala chauvinist psyche in your writing. Are you favouring an argument that Mr Modi will favour sinhalese because of the so called ancient sinhalese script? Please get a life. I think Sinhalese does have an advantage because of indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj.

      ‘Why go far what is Rajiv Gandhi’s son’s name Rahul isn’t it, Then Narendra is Sinhalese with a “dra” not Naren(diren) there are many, many similarities between mainstream Hindi and Sinhalese ample evidence Upadia, Aluth Awrudu, Bhodisata, Nishkama to name a few so there you go they respect the Sinhalese more than the Tamils’

      The name Rahul Gandhi is said to have been a deception by sonia Gandhi.Apparently Raul and Bianca are the italian names mentioned in forums for the descendants of Rajiv Gandhi. Will you bother to check how the Gandhi family got the name in the first place?

      Narendra/Narendran is a quite common name used by tamils and sinhalese. most famous Narendra was Swami Vivekananda. I sincerely hope you will not assume that Swami Vivekananda is sinhalese monk.

      Sinhalese language is blessed with fusion of Pali, Deepabasha (hela), Sanskrit and Tamil. (20% of sinhalese words are of Tamil origin). it is not surprising that the words you mentioned are prevalent in north indian vernacular.

      It is quite clear Ms Sriskandarajah has race related agenda in her writing. But That does not mean you can present your false sinhala chauvinistic assumptions!
      ken

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      Bro.Mohan Kumaraswamy.
      You asked whether can the Tamils go on the knees to Jayalalitha.I would say Yes.In this respect Sinhalese are very wise people.They will even prostrate to anyone if they want something.It looks like Tamils are arrogant people,that is why they are unable to solve this peoblem,Sinhalese went down on the knees and carried Ponnambalam Ramanathan in a palanquin when he came from England for his service to them during Sinhalese-Muslim riots.Tamils were arrogant and did not take part.So Ponnambalam Ramanthan forgot the Tamils and did not protest when the sinhalese took over the Kingdom of Jaffna with them.This is what happens when eyes are blinded by pride and ignorance.May God bless Hon.CM Jeyalalitha,

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    Dear Usha
    Well, well a very good article but did not sufficiently address Jaya and Shri Modi your intention remember you are a lobbyist at the same time asked a very good question. Do we go with bended knees to Jayalalitha as our last Bastian? The simple answer is a big No my sister. It contained flashes of brilliance and unreserved undeniable praise of a person who had failed us when it mattered most when we were in the hot seat remembers.

    So why cry over spilt milk for help, are you going to go after her? Nothing is more than the truth she will fail us again will ultimately come to nothing with her. Concentrate on her pitfalls remind her of her short memory.

    Frankly speaking I don’t care a damn whether Jaya supports the Tamil plight or not she is not trustworthy and not someone you should waste writing about. During the last days of the Genocide of the Tamils by the Sinhalese she did nothing while Tamils were being slaughtered not so much as make a squeal.

    She is too weak and not about to call her bluff now with the landslide. Narendra Modi is innocent about fighting another’s fight specially Sri Lanka’s internal fights as he considers Sinhalese as his brothers and sisters more related than the Tamils. You will remember the blessed advantage Sinhalese have is they come from Pali and Sanskrit script of the North and Buddhism Sangamitta and Mahinda which is closer to Shri Modi’s heart than Lord Shiva although his FB is replete with Tamil Gods pictures and the great misconception Ravan was a Sri Lankan Sinhalese is deeply rooted and distressing in the Indian psyche.

    This is a folklore that we are concerned is enmeshed in the intricate web of superstition and intrigue and hardly the truth as both the warring parties Sinhalese and Tamils give any credence to this lies, lies and statistic to borrow a phrase.. Ironically these are huge lies in the Indian ideology and artefacts as far as the small little Island at the tip of India is concerned and it would be uncivil of me not to provoke a discussion on Sri Lanka was a hideout rather than a pent house for Ravan now that we are in a position of ascendancy with the Chinese and Pakistani inevitable invasion of Sri Lanka to the bemusement of India.

    If we are to woo Shri Modi to our advantage it will take a change of heart which is not possible in Shi Modi right now if you can’t beat em join em as the saying goes. Jaya is just a talker will not do anything except a tokenistic shift of her buttocks to be quite frank. In politics praising someone open ended like what you believe in Jaya will not give the proper return on investment and she knows it she doesn’t have any genuine sympathy towards our cause.

    We should not give out our selects to our enemies like Gandhi ji “We have our secrets” or our target audience that’s what I feel. We may expose them not collaborate with them even kill them then we will have their body not their obedience another Gandhi master piece (peace).

    Why go far what is Rajive Gandhi’s son’s name Rahul isn’t it, Then Narendra is Sinhalese with a “dra” not Naren(diren) there are many, many similarities between mainstream Hindi and Sinhalese ample evidence Upadia, Aluth Awrudu, Bhodisata, Nishkama to name a few so there you go they respect the Sinhalese more than the Tamils. In the midst of these ramifications comes Jaya she will not do anything because half Tamil Nadu works in the North.

    Can we do anything to reverse this misplaced misunderstood thinking that is why I wrote the following comment in Narendra Mod FB. The other day Subramanian Swamy said Sonia is Luxmy, Manmatta is Durga and Jayalalitha Saraswathi this is a form of political grand standing what proof do we need he hit three birds with one stone was proud of himself and expected plaudits from all politicians alike of all shades and hues.

    It will take a miracle to win their hearts on our side but we need to be prudent and have our self-respect and self-esteem at the top of our writings. Our ancestors have said adykkira kaiye annaikkum translated as the hand that punishes will embrace too. I believe in this. Why don’t the Tamils start some business in India if we are concerned and want to win their goodwill. Shri Modi is susceptible to economic growth and we should cash in. Round up a few rich Canadians and encourage them to start a business with the Central government or Varanasi not Tamils Nadu in particular. As far as we are concerned Tamil Nadu is virtually dead duck most culture less people don’t waste your time with them. Strange enough we haven’t learned much from the British Divide and Rule. Instead of clashing with Shri Modi’s plans we should support him. That is exactly what I have been doing for the last two years if you have a look at Shri Modi FB. I am making arrangement to hand deliver one of the world’s bestselling book on manufacturing the Toyota Way Lean Manufacturing and expressed my displeasure at dumping the manufacture of one of the British icons the Ambassador motor vehicle which the Hindustan Motors has announced its demise sooner rather than later. I wrote a small Business Plan for the resurrection of the Ambassador to Shri Modi These is the little, little things we could do to change and win over people’s perceptions. I don’t trust the Times of India who in cohorts with Colombo Tekegraog work against the Tamils. We need to steer clear of these tabloids of subterfuge if we can.

    I wrote this piece in Narendra Modi FB after hearing Shri Modi brushed aside any backlash from Tamil Nadu and show insensitivity towards the Tamils by Inviting Rajapaksa. We have to run with the heir and hunt with the foxes if you are fighting for self-determination.
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-formidable-jayalalithaa-unrivalled-leader-of-the-tamils/

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=315846871905949&id=100004419153414&comment_id=315861571904479&notif_t=like:

    On my Face BookL Is India without a rudder? President Rajapaksa will take over the rudder if India steers not the boat clear of Sri Lanka where Genocide of the Tamils is hale and hearty. Why did Prime Minister Mode do it to me and my Tamil community? Only time will tell. I am disappointed loyalty is worth nothing criminals are worth a lot in India. I suppose power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely. Tamils feel as though they have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. The old Indian civil servants are at it again they think Rejapaksa is a Gujarati brother and Sri Lanka is one of the family with India. It is not so please don’t believe such pipe dreams and falsehood. I lived in Sri Lanka for 41 years before I migrated to Australia I was born bread and educated there I know that fundamental truth. Tamils like me did lot of wrong to the Indians working in the Tea plantations of Sri Lanka in the central province but the Sri Lanka governments treated them worse like coolies crowded into coolie lines without voting rights thoughts of South Africa but the Northern Tamils like me although I was born, bred and educated free of charge in Colombo like a Sinhalese, did not fight for Indians voting rights nor better living conditions but fought against their progress in life they were where they were toiling as Tea pluckers, Tea pruners, Kankanis for generations for reasons only those Tamil members of Parliament chauvinist Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, Sir Ponnamblam Arunachalam, S J V Chelvanayagam, G G Ponnmbalam to name a few who would know. I don’t know the reasons best kept secret except to say it may have been the fact that the plantation Indian Tamils in Sri Lanka were a unfortunate uneducated lot compared to the Sri Lankan Northern Tamils like me who prided over their Doctor, Proctor Coolie, Clerk, Accountants, Engineers professional achievements in the Sri Lankan Government Service, Universities, Roads, Public Service, Railway, Power Stations and very much more establishments the Sri Lankan Tamils were in all sorts of good jobs in the Sri Lankan Government and Private sector until the cookie started to crumble in the Nineteen Seventies. I deplore that Tamils superior and holier than thou mentality and abominable attitude and I will speak against if given the opportunity anywhere anyplace anytime. So may be Prime Minister Modi is right to invite President Rajapakse after all it is my bounded duty to say sorry to the Sri Lankan Indian Tamils better late than never to put it bluntly.

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      You are a shameless clown to hide your race.

      You think Canadian Tamil don’t know to invest in any place so that they will go with your advice to North India. You saw what happened to Fonseka after he called Karunanidhi a clown. Karunanidhi made sure Sonia’s Congress gives enough pressure to arrest him. Even King by his mouth accepted he arrested Fonseka because Sonia’s Congress wanted him to do so. Tell the King not fool around Jaya. She has more influence with Modi’ government than Karunanidhi had at Sonia’s government.

      On your North Indian connection story, Bengals are another Dravidian chased from Hindus Valley to East. Bengals lost their Language after the chasing Aryans forced them to abandon their Dravidian Language. They lost their religion after Muslims invasion. So, you are another group chased out of the Hindus Valley by North Indians. You are not a proud North Indian. Sinhalese Language was created by Buddhist Monks after 5th century. So the Language similarities have no connection to Aryan race.

      Kariyawasam is out on a big spending project in Kalinga. He is in Kalinga to get their politicians support to neutralize TN’s agitation at the central. Kariyawasam is spending large fortune of Sri Lanka Tax Money to re-trace the mythical Kalinga connection of Sinhalese and convince Odessa people to make Modi shut up. Attempting to buy anyone to work for him is King’s majestic technique. This much waste of Tax payers is not opposed by the UNP fools because they are scared to go against the Mahawamsa Fibs.

      Let’s say one day Kariyawasam is successful in convincing the West Bengal and Odessa and make them to backup Sinhalese at center. Do know what will happen then? They will force the central government to split the Lanka to Sinhalese get their own country like they did it in Bangladesh creation. So, tell that Kariyawasam, who is Tamil Converted as Sinhalese, is secretly working for Tamils to achieve their object.

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    I agree that

    (1) Both love it when citizens and ministers prostrate themselves before them.
    (2) Both aspire to be treated as god/goddess.

    Ms Jayalalithaa is a hauty woman quite conscious about her superior caste. She proudly declared she is a “paapaathy” (Ayengar brahmin) on the floor of the Assembly. Though unmarried she is considered “girl friend) of late MGR. It was MGR who ushered her into politics though she hoty denies it. She treats her ministers as her domestic servants. They are appointed, fired, reappointed at her whims and fancies. From opening dam waters to garlanding statue of Dr.Caldwall are all on the orders of the Chief Minister Ms.Jayalaithaa. Like Rajapaksa, her 20′ cut-outs are seen everywhere. Officials and party functionaries who give boquets to her stand 10 ft away and take a bow almost falling on the floor. Jayalalithaa’s given name was Komalavalli. but her pet name is Ammu. Now she is popularly called “Amma” (mother) “purachchith thalaivi” (Revolutionary Leader) etc. Mineral water bottles, canteens,pharmacies are given the prefix “Amma” and her picture is embedded on all freebies like laptops, mixies,grinders,fans, goats, cows etc. Why people vote for a self-conceited politician remain a mystery.

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      Tamilian

      Thank you for pointing out the dark side of Jayalalitha. ( A Srilankan Tamil would have written as Jeyalalitha! not as Jayalalithaa).

      Ms Jayalalithaa is not a panacea for neither Tamil Nadu Tamilians or Srilankan Tamils. We have choice of Karunanithi and his cohorts or Sonia congress.

      I will prefer Madam Jayalalithaa

      Jaibolo Hindustan! (courtesy Javi)

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    Tamil Nadu is, somewhat, is behind to Gujarat. One may not read the comparisons data numbers as they are. Gujarat started much later to TN. It is slightly behind in education. Less urban; more rural state. It is bigger than TN in area. If one sees all those data, he/she may try to predict that TN may be higher on income per capita. The fact is the other way. This indicates Gujarat is better managed than TN. On the GDP Tamil Nadu little bit above Gujarat. But, this is not enough to put GDP per head at least even equal to Gujarat. The peoples’ education and their urban concentration are not utilized to provide them the modern industrialized life and high income. I do not know the Income distribution of income in both states. Many things indicate, In TN, it may concentrate in Karunanidhi, Maran, Raja, Jayalalitha and co.’s families. Tamil Nadu’s greatest advantage is its “English Educated Population”. Now, the foreign companies like Kannada and Gujarat because of their desirable environment. This can only be balanced by Tamil Nadu politician by providing better infra-structure. Neither Karunanidhi nor Jayalalitha is as good as Modi in this. (Some article compares Modi’s infrastructure building to King of Lanka. That is really funny. King is surrounded with family goons, plundering the country and pawning it to China. That has nothing to do with structural growth Gujarat is experiencing- That is not pawning, that is investing).

    A large crowd of pundits predicting, Modi is going to isolate TN. I do not thing it is his style. He did not isolate minorities in Gujarat. In 2002, he took the side that fought against Pakistan. It is meaningless to apply that for everyplace. Sonia did her best to revenge TN. This is not an expected behavior of Modi. He is going to make friendship with TN. He is going to respect a party which took almost a clean sweep of the state. West Bengal, Punjab like other states too has shut off Modi wave in their state. He is going to deal with them. . He has won this election. He, like all other politicians, would like to win the next one too. Then he need to foot in to TN. That is only possible by making truce with Jayalalitha. Others are puny and not useful.

    Modi need these third force parties to upper house. That may not be all. He may get 2/3 by allying with the third force. There is a nesting effect on the 2/3. Modi is a federalist. He is unlikely ignore the regional Third Force parties, like Sonia did. Allying with them, get the 2/3 and taking care of them at constitutions level would be one of his strategy. This is, in return not just simply rewards the regional parties, but in turn, may split them from the Third Force. The regional Third Force convergence power is mainly on their need for their regional power. More they get of it less their attraction for within them. They may become more powerful in their land only as individual parties. Not as Third Force. End is they will like to have attached to one of the central party. This election time, Modi’ fear was whether the Third Force can win the election or if they are not wining, with their huge numbers, who may they support after election? But the severe anti-Sonia wave, enabled them to gain a lot, but saved Modi too from their grip by giving simple majority. Modi may not like to leave this open for next election also. So he would prefer to increase their authority in their regions and force them to split from Third Force and make them to return back to central parties. It unlikely, he too isolate them, makes the same Mistake Sonia made and increase their attachment and facilitate the growth of the third force. I think the Third Force peak was this election. This means ADMK and possibly Trinamool too have some positions at central.

    So the next important person’s visit to Delhi is going to be Jayalalitha’s. Jayalalitha is unpredictable. She may not take up Modi’s offers in this visit. Modi may not bend too much right away as he has the simple majority. But he needs her, and she would agree on something, but it is only after thing start to heat up. So, it is no point in try to look at this meeting too deep. But we can look at another aspect that is rattling a lot. That is the other side of this Delhi visit.

    What is interesting at this time is the Gold Rush in Delhi. King, Jayalalitha, Sampanthar, CV, Ranil… is on line for the plane tickets to Delhi. It was created by Modi. So now there is a rush!

    There is a saying that “there is no death without a cause” (but nobody lived without dying). Modi had to Invited Hameed Karzai and Nawaz Sharif (it is said to be on America’s advice, it like to handover Afghan to India). This ended up in inviting SAARC. So King got the Invitation card. He had to go. He can’t miss that opportunity. Nawaz Sharif, who was reluctant at the first, but because of King, he had to go too. King invited CV. CV did not go. So CV and Sampanthar have to clear their names by a spate trip. They have to go now. Jayalalitha did not go because she did not like to say “Hi” to King. So she must be there to prove her reason of why she missed the Oath Day. Ranil went to Delhi many times during Sonia’s time. Sonia remembered JR, Premadasa and Vijithamuni. Her revenging mind never accepted Ranil. Ranil went to USA too. But Bush and Sonia told him, he would better support the King on devolving the power; other than that they can’t do anything for him, by opposing an elected government. Now there is a mood change in America. He has been in USA for one month of political expedition. Clearly, the USA which advised to invite Hameed Karzai, advised Ranil also to meet Modi. It is too hard for him directly influence Modi for an appointment. So, he is using the connection of Modi’s ministers like Sushma, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitly to get him an appointment. King will take a closer look on Ranil’s trip rather than we or even TNA will look at it. It is much more important for him than anybody else. In any case, Ranil wants to go there because, America wants him to go. Because of that, naturally Indian diplomats will keep closer look on Ranil and advice Modi of Ranil’s moves. India and UNP are baked clay and Fresh clay. You can’t patch a broken clay pot with fresh clay. They do not attach properly. We need to wait and see the outcome of the Ranil’s meeting.

    Ranil gave the China Bay oil tanks to India. King will like to have them back because he did not his batta on that. So would to give Sampur to balance that. He has more than that one reason to give Sampur to Modi. First thing is that how he holds of everybody. He would like to make a sweet deal on that for Modi. Once corrupted on a deal, then nobody can move out of that. So, this is good opportunity to shoot down Modi. We would give 25% deal for Modi and 25% for him. Rest will be the usual investment; same thing like Nuraicholai. Nuraicholai is not coming up. He would like to screw up China on that, because China screwing back the computers it installed, including the defense ministry’s media center Computer, King can do nothing on Nuraicholai. It is cloth fell on a thorn tree. King cannot pull it. He has to wait patiently and deal with it. Champika is threatening to quit the Royal Government. Pavitra did not do anything other than blaming Champika. Household electricity price has gone up by 200%. King would like to have some electricity from somewhere. If India is convulsing hard to give it, he would not mind it to take. If Modi is thinking that he has got leg on Trincomalee, King will take care of it when the time comes. That is what his idea now on the Oil Tanks pact with IOCL.

    King would like to use this to teach a lesson to the Tamils, who waited for Modi’s arrival and Sonia’s departure. So, one party that would not like this deal going through is Tamils. Sampur is one of the Lands forcefully taken away from Tamils. Modi might not have full knowledge of it. It was deal accepted by Sonia as another opportunity to revenge Tamils. Now, if somebody put it in Modi’s ear that it is Tamils land, the Indian officials may tell him that India is building 50,000 houses for Tamils, so it need not to care about this 1,000 homes loss.
    Other party that may not like this deal go through is America. Sampur will be a better watching tower of Trincomalee, more than the Oil Tank field. Ranil gave out the Oil Tanks to India. King is giving the Sampur. If America has any dream left on Trincomalee, basically it is passing morning 6 O’clock. America wanted a cultivation land for Dole in the North central province’s forests. So far nothing has worked out for America. America has still not lost hope. It is trying to still to keep UDAID active all over Lanka.

    After all these, if Modi is success in having the power plant up and running, still India will have to take the brunt of the operational difficulties. It would very hard believe if India or Lanka has done any proper feasibility study on this. That time, it appeared like a project opened for the benefit of King Family’s and Gandhi family’s commissions.

    So, it is going to be very interesting to watch if anybody will get reward out of the new Gold Rush at Delhi.

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    La Femme indomptable.

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    Between Modi and Jayalalithaa there is good chemistry. Both are Hindu fundamentalists. Both go regularly to Hindu temples for worship. Performs yagas and poojas year round.Thus ideologically Jayalalithaa is at odds with the core values of the AIADMK. AIADMK uses Anna’s name in the party and his picture in the party’s flag. Anna was a confirmed rationalist dead against all forms of superstition. Jayalalithaa is guided by superstition every step of her way. She avoids getting out of her residence during Ragu Kaalam or Yamakandam. Modi and Jayalalithaa have developed over the years a good rapport between them. Once Jayalalithaa attended the swearing in ceremony of Chief Minister Modi. In the past AIADMK has forged electoral alliance with BJP. So we can expect both to get along well unlike the confrontational politics that existed during the rule of UPA.

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    A PRAGMATIC PERSPECTIVE
    With no intention of challenging the averments I venture the following observations apropos the enthusiastic sketch of the Lady in whom we Tamils pin all hope for redemption.
    Some Pre-Election tit bits are worthy of note: Jayalalithaa did not make any effort to hide her ambitions of rising to be the Country’s Prime Minister. This was apparent when she sought to compare Modi’s accomplishments as C.M. of Gugerat with hers in Tamilnadu . “ is it Modi or this Lady?” was a famous quote. Normally, such is liable to be interpreted by Modi as a challenge, accentuated by the fact that she decided to fight the Election alone, without aligning with the BJP that was widely known to have the edge to form the Government. Being politically mature as he is, animus may be ruled out; we have heard it said that there are no permanent enemies nor friends in politics and as such we shall gloss over this potential irritant in Modi- Jayalalithaa relations.
    Selvi Jayalalithaa will not be averse to be put on a pedestal and declared to be the voice of the Tamils living all over the world. She indeed has the stature, credentials, drive and commitment deserving of the honour. However, unreserved praise puts her in a bind, perhaps to her discomfort as she may not be able to live up to our expectations due to factors beyond her control. Yes, haven’t we seen total nullification of all her efforts through the Tamilnadu Assembly , with unique non- partisan unanimous Resolutions pleading with the Centre for the affected Tamil population in the Island?
    Personal rapport with Modi apart, responding positively to issues highlighted with substantial local and international political ramifications is another matter. It is an informed guess that Indian foreign policy thus far, especially with respect to Sri Lanka, had been fashioned and directed by its bureaucracy and in deference to Sonia Gandhi’s vindictive whim. Tainted thus, we have to expect considerable resistance to change as individuals such as Shiv Shankar Menon could be vulnerable for proactive roles played in the final stages of the Genocidal war. Mr. Modi’s initiatives in positively addressing Tamils’ problem could indeed be easier with a total overhaul of the Bureaucracy but whether such is envisaged or even feasible is a matter for conjecture alone. In view of their preoccupation with pressing day to day issues there is always the tendency for the Bureaucracy to get embroiled in policy matters, effectively lightening the burden of the politician. The extreme manifestation of this state of affairs is the Bureaucracy highjacking policy and nurturing an unhealthy dependence of the politician on the Bureaucracy. If Rajiv Gandhi serves as an example for this serious lapse, his mother Indra Gandhi serves as the example for the desirable opposite.
    Should there be the will, Mr. Modi , we hope, will find the way. Very interesting news is in the air and that is about AIDMK becoming part of Modi’s cabinet, the rationale for such gesture, apparently is to strengthen BJP’s hand in the Rajiya Saba. Whatever the underlying reason, the move, if it materializes would substantially strengthen Jayalalithaa’s hand.
    It need not be gainsaid that the Tamils in Eelam and elsewhere could rightly bask in Jayalalithaa’s glorious feat in Tamilnadu. Let us now wait and see how it all translates into real redress for the Tamils suffering under Tyrant Rajapakse’s jack boots.

    Sridas Sivasambo

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    I respect sister JJ a lot and she can be good IAS officer.. Unfortunate that she did not go to college and finish her degree to appear in IAS exam. I think, this is high time she get degree from IIM for her able administration by using largely uneducated MLAs’ ( she is careful, she want others also uneducated such that she can feel home with them). Any way she got all these vote not because of her love for Tamil or Tamil people, but it all because of MOOKA’s looting family. As you all aware, Mooka family become pain in TN in all sense. Thus people of TN does not want Mooka family in any government responsibility. Thus for TN people next option is JJ ..else going with Congress will sleeping with tiger. And also, we all aware that TN does not go with RSS stuff for some reason ( I do not know why…may be some one can educate me on this) and thus BJP and its partner also not got support of TN people. Thus, I wish author can review his/her claim in next part and make it very clear else it is just a Bad dream author had it and it came as write up… I wish author all the best…//jk

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    Jayalalithaa – Unrivalled Leader Of The Tamils

    We Thamizh sure know how to pick ’em :D
    Andawane Muruga! Will she now be using the prison mail service to continue sending those love letters to Modi :D :D

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

      Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant ……. simply Brilliant.

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