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The Indomitable Jayalalithaa – “Amma” To Millions Of Tamils Passes Away

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

She was called Amma (Mother), with fondness and admiration, with reverence and respect, by everyone regardless of their station in life – that showed an unflinching obedience and deference, familiarity and ownership – indicative of the kind of emotional and intellectual connection that existed between her and her people, seldom felt and seen anywhere else.

It was as if she owned the brand of “Amma” exclusively.

She earned it – in that there was no question, not even an iota of doubt!

The Iron Lady – The Fearless Lion, the Queen of Tamil Nadu, bringing a sense of pride to women everywhere, who was also its Chief Minister, the indomitable Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, died at 68, on Sunday, December 4th 2016, at 11.30 pm of ‘a massive cardiac arrest’, the Apollo Hospital said in a statement – leaving not just Tamil Nadu, but the whole Tamil world shocked, grief stricken and in disbelief. She was earlier ‘recovering well’ from a ‘Lung condition’ requiring ‘respiratory support’ and ‘passive physiotherapy’ which most thought was an acute case of pneumonia.

The President of India, Pranab Muckherjee couldn’t have been more apt, extolling Amma’s remarkable abilities and attributes in his tribute to her on Twitter before leaving for Tamil Nadu to pay his respects, his plane delayed because of some snags.

In some multiple tweets the President said this of Amma:

“One of India’s most charismatic and popular leaders, Ms Jayalalithaa was a visionary and able administrator. Her life was dedicated to the socio-economic transformation of Tamil Nadu and its people. In her passing the nation has lost an icon, who was loved and admired by millions. her contribution to the progress and development of Tamil Nadu will be long remembered.”

Although she never married, all of Tamil Nadu’s under privileged children were Amma’s children. Some called her Amma the ‘Goddess’ and their ‘Guardian Angel’ as she made her mark as the embodiment of compassion and generosity – especially in the eyes of the poor, further leaving her indelible imprint most surely as the hand that fed them and would continue to feed them, through the now famous ‘Amma Unavakam’, that served food and bottled water at a subsidised rate – add to that many more laudable initiatives – for those living below the poverty line, including providing medicines, medical treatment and educational opportunities, computers and bicycles for school children and much more. Empowering women by encouraging entrepreneurship, donating gold for their marriages and helping pregnant and nursing mothers. Increasingly this became her life’s mission. She championed the cause of the underdog, whether it was uplifting the scheduled class, or Eelam refugees, or safeguarding the interests of the Tamil Nadu fishermen or freeing the seven who were still imprisoned for Rajiv’s killing. Her indefatigability shone through all her battles – and battles she had many – including the Kaveri water dispute with the Karnataka State. A fighter till the end, she prevailed in most, except redeeming Kachchaitivu from Sri Lanka and the last one, when the inevitability of death came, but sooner than expected – For example her fight to succeed MGR as the leader of AIADMK was a fight she finally won and prevailed, after Janaki was forced to quit. She took on the reins, clashing with DMK, vowing to enter the Tamil Nadu Assembly again only as Chief Minister, and she did, serving five terms as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 1996, in 2001, from 2002 to 2006, from 2011 to 2014 and from 2015 onwards..

Watch her two part interview dubbed as the, “Rendezvous with Simi Garewal – Jayalalithaa” to get an insight into Amma – an interview she willingly gave.

Watch also the 3 part BBC interview which she abruptly ended.

And the 4 part interview on TIMES NOW by its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, dubbed “Frankly Speaking”. (part 4 – specifically involving the Eelam Tamil issue, war crimes and Kachchaitivu.

Ironically the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweets on her death, hit a nerve right at my heart as an Eelam Tamil:

“Deeply saddened by the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa, her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concerns for the welfare of the poor, the women and the marginalised will always be a source of inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief. May the Almighty grant them the strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage and fortitude. I will always cherish the innumerable occasions I had to interact with Jayalalithaa ji. May her soul rest in peace,” Shri Modi tweeted.

Yes we are marginalised people and, “Eelam Tamils feel as grief stricken as the people of Tamil Nadu,” on Amma’s demise – I tweeted to Shri Modi, later watching him, live on Jaya TV as he came to sympathise and empathise, in a moving gesture of affection for Amma and her people.

As The Hindu put it, Amma became, “from a bitter critic (of the LTTE) to Eelam Champion,” beseeching the centre and even suggesting the army be sent to liberate Eelam, like Indira Gandhi did to create Bangladesh. As Chief Minister during LTTE’s time, during her first tenure she went after the LTTE, “entrenched in Tamil Nadu,” like a woman scorned, that many Eelam Tamils find hard to put behind them. For instance after Rajiv’s assassination, with AIADMK’s sympathy for the LTTE evaporating, she demanded that the Center ban the LTTE. In her second tenure she, “invoked the PTA on LTTE sympathisers, including Vaiko and later even wanted the LTTE leader extradited. During the height of the war, unfortunately for us, Amma believing the Sri Lankan government’s propaganda, backed by the UN, even accused the LTTE of using Tamil civilians as human shields. Some Tamils still hold that against her, despite her staunch support for them since 2009, while many others, began to develop a bond for her forthright and crucial support for Eelam Tamils thereafter.

Now for Eelam Tamils, a dark cloud that’s been hanging over them, is suddenly looking even more dark and gloomy without Amma. With the ground situation looking more grim and bleak than ever before, with no one quite knowing where constitutional reform is heading, a conundrum even for Tamil MP and TNA spokesperson, Sumanthiran, the man representing Eelam Tamils in the steering committee – the committee appointed to draft the new constitution. It’s becoming apparent that on Sumanthiran’s hands has been thrust the political destiny of Eelam Tamils. This in addition to transitional justice and any hope for a domestic war crimes trial being seemingly remote and the actual implementation of the UNHRC resolution, passed in October 2015, virtually dead as a door nail, there is a feeling of doom and gloom enveloping Eelam Tamils. At this critical time, the thought that Amma is no more is indeed truly daunting.

It’s slowly hitting home that the lone voice in the international arena, the only world leader who stood for Eelam Tamils, who stood with them and stood behind them, against Sri Lanka and the Indian central government, is actually no more. The one who in fact asked the center to, “stop calling Lanka a friendly nation.”

In my article, “At last Diaspora Eelam Tamils Recognised to Vote on Separate Eelam,‘ I quote Tamilnet on the historic move on Amma’s part to pass a unanimous resolution at the Tamil Nadu Assembly – that called, “for arrangements to be made at the level of the UN Security Council to conduct a referendum among Eezham Tamils in the island as well as in the diaspora on the question of a Separate Eelam. In addition, the resolution demanded the Government of India to “stop calling Lanka a friendly nation.” The resolution also included the earlier demands ie., Independent International Investigations on Genocide and War Crimes as well as imposition of economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. The resolution, unanimously passed, was moved by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa. ”

As for me, from anger at her rebuke of the LTTE, to respect for her turn around on principle, I saw myself developing an attachment for Amma, that was expressed in prolific writing: Click here, here and here.

My writings an illustration of my wonderment and admiration, at the way she provided strong, single handed leadership to protect Eelam Tamils, in defiance of the center, refusing to attend Narendra Modi’s inauguration, because Mahinda Rajapaksa was coming – defending her to the hilt when she had a conviction unjustly pinned on her for amassing, “disproportionate assets” brought on by her enemies, and put in jail, that took its toll on her, and expressing my delight when she was acquitted.

And then eventually becoming our rock, since after the war – Amma a lady of substance, someone whom we could lean on, depend on and count on to keep the Indian central government, working in our interest – which hopefully will resonate with and serve as a reminder to Prime Minister Modi and his government.

Amma’s passing away is a colossal loss for Tamil Nadu as much as it is for Eelam Tamils.

Nothing I say right now would suffice to show our gratitude to Amma, let alone the anguish I feel for the future of the Eelam Tamil people in Sri Lanka without her…because of the pain inside me…right now…except to say, “Thank You Amma!”

Amma was buried in a sandalwood casket, next to MGR in Marina Beach with a 21 gun salute and full military and state honours.

“Amma means love”, the TV station in her name, Jaya TV kept reiterating. Truly Amma will live on in the minds of her grateful people! Her heartfelt cry to her people was, “ungalaal naan, ungalukaka naan.”

I have only delved into Amma as a consummate politician and compassionate human being.

Her magnificent career in films is another awesome story…

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah

    Please read the following news item and let us have your comment:

    Ranil apologizes for burning of Jaffna library
    2016-12-06 21:10:10 1 5205

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today apologised for the burning of Jaffna Library in 1981 and urged the Joint Opposition to apologize for what happened during that time as well.

    “The public library in Jaffna was burnt during a United National Party (UNP) Government in 1981. We know it was wrong and tender an apology for it,” he said.

    “You too should tender an apology for the wrong things which your Government did,” he told the Joint Opposition MPs, who was heckling at him at that time.

    This House turned noisy when Mr. Wickremesinghe rose to answer a question posed by TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran, who opposed the move by the Ministry of Resettlement and Rehabilitation to construct per-fabricated houses in the war affected regions.

    “We want to see that 80 percent of the houses in the North are reconstructed and are willing to discuss matters with the Northern representatives,” the Prime Minister added. (Yohan Perera)

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/
    article/Ranil-apologizes-for-
    burning-of-Jaffna-library-120317.html

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      At last Sri Lanka can rest easy Jaya is no more.

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        Much-loved Tamil star – Thala! Or Ajith Kumar,(he dislikes politics)
        Let’s not forget, in Tamil Nadu politics, Thala titles have always been of significance.
        Will Thala emerge as Puratchi Thalaivi’s political heir successor?
        Or is this just another speculation spun by the ever-active rumor mills?

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      It’s the game of the buruvas/burkas taking the opportunity as it comes.
      The Tiger flag is sure to be doomed like the Confederate flag in the library.
      From yesterday Basil is free to travel and Trump has invested a billion at Bombay.

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      They should apologize for the 83 Black July as well, A government did nothing to protect civilians from the mobs.
      The darkest day in our history!

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        If you are no reborn, they have been doing that several times.

        We the buddhists should seek for apology to have let it happen.

        My sister shared me as she got to see innocient ones were killed – beyond all ethics and morals.
        We talk about kindness, gentleness or any other softness of buddhists, but most riotists just followed the others and turned out to be rich in the aftermath. I myself knew few families, their eeconmic situation became far better off after the riots occured.

        Most of them were social scum prior to Riots.

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          M/s. Srinath Guneratne and Simon de Silva,

          I salute you. I know many decent Sinhalese who sincerely felt this way from and since 7/83. We will accomplish genuine reconciliation and hopefully proceed to a United Sri Lanka soon if more Sinhala Buddhists see matters in perspective.

          I don’t mean to intimidate. But if Tamils in the North-East are prevented from living peacefully and in some degree of prosperity in their areas Sri Lanka will continue to be in political turmoil and economic ruin.

          Kettikaran

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        srinath.gunaratnam

        “They should apologize for the 83 Black July as well, A government did nothing to protect civilians from the mobs.”

        The state has to apologise for many things irrespective of which party ruled.

        1971 – Siri Mao presided over the killing many innocent youth.

        Between 1987 and 1990, the state killed many innocent people, presided over by JR & RP.

        Over thirty years there had been numerous incidents in which state killed innocent people.

        During the occupation of IPKF many civilians lost their life. The state was supposed to protect its own civilian. And it failed.

        One cannot pick and chose the dark days though RW’s apology is welcome. Chandrika apologised for the burning of the library in the mid 1990s. Even the public racist Champika apologised for the same in mid 2000.

        When will the state apologize for the rest?

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      NV
      Thanks for the news:
      “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today apologised for the burning of Jaffna Library in 1981 and urged the Joint Opposition to apologize for what happened during that time as well.”

      But is it only for that?
      If it took him 35 years to tender an apology on one event, the JO has time on their hands.

      Ranil W knows all too well that the TNA does not want the houses because the people do not want it. Whay is there to talk behind closed doors? Why cannot the matter be thrashed out in public.
      WE know whose dirty job the the Tamil minister is doing.

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        sekara

        “If it took him 35 years to tender an apology on one event, the JO has time on their hands.”

        The first mass murder took place in 1971 on an unprecedented scale. its about 45 years ago and under a Socialist government. Siri Mao was the prime minister at the time of JVP armed campaign. When is the joint SLFP, LSSP, and CP going to render an apology? Is it too much to ask them?

        The housing issue was part of the news. I didn’t want to edit it out that part and am not an architect nor a civil engineer to judge what sort of houses are best for the people.

        Though I welcome RW’s statement on Library, the matter doesn’t stop there. Those thugs who destroyed the library also took many books with them and stored somewhere in Hettipola area. RW needs to recover all those books and hand them over to the Jaffna Library.

        How do you propose to pursue this matter further? Please give RW some pressure and much-needed strategy before the books are being destroyed?

        For detail please refer to Native Vedda December 3, 2016 at 11:57 pm under June 1983: Anarchy Loosed by Rajan Hoole.

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          As for killings (mass killings and targetted killings) by the state I agree that those responsible for them are answerable.
          April 1971 was not the first mass murder in the country, but the first with a role for the state machinery: only one was punished for a serious misdeed because of the bad publicity it created.
          (That is very much what state apparatus is all about.)

          But the subject here is more specific.
          Ranil, as ever, is insincere and trying to score points.
          About the theft of books, I doubt if many books could have been stolen. Some of the most precious ones I fear have been destroyed, for the culprits would not have known what was where.

          If Ranil wants to act, it is his party men who should know and he should ask them.

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        Godnathan must quit immediately.
        A independent investigation must be conducted with all party members included or Ranil must step down and give way for honest leaders to rule the country.

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      A well articulated and detailed article for every Tamil to read. Tamils are in the dark without proper leadership to guide them from the continuing genocide and the false promises and betrayals from the Sinhalese leadership. Excellent piece

      Cultural Genocide of Tamils: If you want to destroy a race destroy their language; without language there will be no identity for the race; It was a planned act in addition to the colonization of Sinhalese in historical and traditional homeland of the Tamils.

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      Native Vedda ,

      “”Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today apologised for the burning of Jaffna Library in 1981 and urged the Joint Opposition to apologize for what happened during that time as well.””

      If Killary won he would never have apologised- that was the power that CBK held via the foundation.

      You also say they have some of the books- well nowadays, no one generally returns books borrowed.Most of the books even at leading libraries of Europe are scanned to disk and archived.

      A book once sent abroad flies irrevocably. Violent freedom will always stay violent and pride makes it even worse- that is the lankan tamil dilemma.

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        Canute

        I am not sure what you are ranting about.

        “You also say they have some of the books- well nowadays, no one generally returns books borrowed”

        Does it give the arsonist, thugs, thieves the right to retain those stolen books?

        Are you one of them?

        By the way, CBK and Champika the public racist have already apologised for what had happened to the library.

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          “I am not sure what you are ranting about.”
          You never know anything in life as you are the standard paid tamil troll!
          Ranil is smarter than you think and he would never do a thing for a northern Tamil of high standing for generations and close to the Jayawardene family unless linked to a Muslim.

          “”Does it give the arsonist, thugs, thieves the right to retain those stolen books? Are you one of them? “

          Stupid theorist of his_story we are in the present world and facts are stubborn. Some very important antiquities of Syria were looted and it has reached the west even before ISIS bombed- who is going to return them when they are in the safest place on earth??
          Would the Germans return to the Greeks even though they became EU nations??

          Very good for buravas like the low down tamils-
          There is only one form of beauty that is impossible because it does not exist, and that is the beauty of strenuousness or of the strenuous life.

          Since you are so interested in the welfare of women then you should follow the english woman who broke the cycle of `sex appeal` created by immigrants like Tracey Emin
          Helen Marten has won the Turner Prize, and has said she intends to share the £25,000 award with her fellow nominees.
          Marten said art was “deeply subjective”.”We should not be asserting a hierarchy in saying, this person is a winner above and beyond anybody else,” she told BBC Radio 5 live’s Colin Paterson.”The context of the world’s political landscape is changing so drastically,” she went on.”Amidst that, the art world has a responsibility to uphold an umbrella of egalitarianism and democracy and openness.”

          “”By the way, CBK and Champika the public racist have already apologised for what had happened to the library. “”

          Ha Ha- Miserable indeed is a world in which we have knowledge without understanding, criticism without appreciation, beauty without love, truth without passion, righteousness without mercy, and courtesy without a warm heart.
          Keep trolling until you can do no more.The Movement is in the making.

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          Native Vedda ,
          Sorry I forgot this beautiful link: Where people would understand there is more than sex-appeal` when it comes to entertainment.
          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38212014

          She is someone to watch out for in the coming decade.
          Sculptor/painter a true Turner student of detail in the 3rd dimension of the present world: Art the selective recreation of reality- thats her work that one can touch.

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah

    RE: The Indomitable Jayalalithaa – “Amma” To Millions Of Tamils Passes Away

    “She earned it – in that there was no question, not even an iota of doubt!”

    “The Iron Lady – The Fearless Lion, the Queen of Tamil Nadu, bringing a sense of pride to women everywhere, who was also its Chief Minister, the indomitable Jayalalithaa Jayaraman,”

    May Jayalalithaa Jayaraman rest in peace. She was an incredible woman, despite what others may say.

    Every Tamil Nadu woman, South Indian woman, and South Asian Woman must be proud of what the late Jayalalithaa Jayaraman achieved without the aid of a husband or a father, like what other women have achieved.

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    Definitely there is some mystery in her death. Why did they kept away all from her She was like an Orphan. Union of powerful hands in this matter should be suspected. SL intelli may had a hand in it. And to make ADMK disintegrate and disappear. Nothing spoken about her will and legacy. Next election is crucial for TN.

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    Usha

    As I click u r article with Amma’s photo… it Metamorphosis and u r photo appears…wow I thought good grief…you have taken over as CM of Tamil Nadu.

    some wishful thinking in u r part.? abandon TGTE and aspire to CM of TN

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      She has the looks too!!

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      Uma is no means a match. Like Gonthadipila and Buurwanse have been asking for more votes- but being on the racism tracks.

      She can only hang on with racism rather making efforts to get people together. Just review of few of her articles will clear you the thoughts.

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    [Edited out] Did nothing sensible for Sri Lankan Tamils. Did not stop the Tamil Nadu fisherman bottom trawling and stealing our Jaffna Tamils’ catch of the day. Just tried to get some cheap popularity by stirring things up by passing useless resolutions.

    Did nothing for the 70 million Tamils, living in abject poverty, in Tamil Nadu either. Amassed a fortune by crooked means stealing from the Tamil Nadu public purse and got away with it.

    Poor Tamil kids/child labour in TN are still sewing gorgeous Kanjivaram and Manipuri sarees for high society ladies like her.
    Young 15 year old girls in TN sold in marriage to dirty old men. So bad is the poverty there.
    High caste Tamil Brahmins still doing their toilet in public expecting the untouchables to carry their faeces with their bare hands.

    No change at all. Just another time waster of a politician.

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    Usha, I always admired you for your bold and forthright writings.
    But this time you have let me down quite badly. I am so disappointed. You must never write anything against your conscience just to gain popularity with the tidings.
    Do you really admire this lady as a genuine leader concerned of the welfare of her people? Having lived in the west for long years what is your gauge of such admiration?
    This late CM who was no doubt clever enough to top her class at grade 10 in 1964, did not enter the university where she had a place but went in to acting as she hungered after the lime light and glamour. Knew how to sell herself and succeeded in the film world though I must say her beauty made up for her lack of acting talents. Having passed the sell by date in 1984 she climbed the political ladder on the back of a foolish old man who was enamoured by the attention of a pretty younger woman. In fact at one stage when he was getting ill just like how it happened to her, without any gratitude she wrote so many letters to the Governer and President to unseat him and appoint her. That is not a woman who wanted to serve the people but hungering after position and power.
    Finally on the back of a sympathy vote with the death of Rajiv Gandhi, when she became the CM immediately started not only accumulating wealth but began to flout it in front of the poor people who put her there. Do you remember she was boasting to Journalists that she does not take a salary for her job and when some one took a photo of her diamond studded watch and bangle arrested him and took away his films and banned him from her meetings. Several such stories. You might even remember the Journalists she murdered for writing against her.
    I have a lot more to say about all her corruption cases. As I only wanted to wake you up from your amnesia this is enough. please do a wikipaedia search and read the details, Not to mislead your unsuspecting readers
    If an educated person like you can be blinded from the truth how can we blame the poor people of Tamil Nadu or even Srilanka for forgetting all the murders, crimes and list of financial corruptions of the Rajapakse’s or Karunanidhis?
    Before I leave just a list of Jayalalitha’s disproportionate assets from the case where she was convicted quite rightly but saved by Modi for his own purpose.

    Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu convicted for misusing her office during her tenure of 1991-96, especially her foster son lavish marriage in 1996 and to amass properties worth more than ₹66.65 crores (10 million USD).[1] The assets under the purview of the case are the farm houses and bungalows in Chennai, agricultural land in Tamil Nadu, a farm house in Hyderabad, a tea estate in the Nilgiris, valuable jewelry, industrial sheds, cash deposits and investments in banks and a fleet of luxury cars.[2] A raid in her Poes garden residence in 1997 recovered 800 kg (1,800 lb) silver, 28 kg (62 lb) gold, 750 pairs of shoes, 10,500 sarees, 91 watches and other valuables.

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    No sympathy for separatists. Good ridence.

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    Jayalalitha’s admirers remain unbowed in their admiration for her and argue she has played a key role in the development of Tamil Nadu as one of India’s most economically influential states.2nd after Bombay-Maharashtra.

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      These politicians had little to do with the richness of Tamilnadu. In fact most of them robbed the natural resources, mining river sand and granite illegally under cover of political power.
      The people thrived on the open economy where the entrepreneurs succeeded and the migrant workers brought back wealth. Nothing to do with the third grade politicians.
      The last committed politician Tamilnadu had was Kamaraj Nadar.

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        Annadurai did not steal. He died not very long after being elected.
        Theft started with Karunanidhi but ill not end with him.
        MGR was a tax dodger and had undeclared wealth from the movies;but no charges of laying hands on public property.
        Kamaraj although a Congress leader, delivered on some of Periyaar’s agenda. I agree that he was the best CM.

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          Sekera, I agree with you. Annadurai was a good man but did not live long enough to make a difference. But unfortunately left a rogue behind in Karunanidhi.
          This is what is said by wkpaedia about Kamaraj.
          Kamaraj was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu during 1954–1963 and a Member of Parliament during 1952–1954 and 1967–1975. He was known for his simplicity and integrity
          There is a long list of his achievements in Tamil Nadu,
          In Tamil Nadu, his home state, he is still remembered for bringing school education to millions of the rural poor by introducing free education and the free Midday Meal Scheme during his tenure as chief minister. Kamaraj strove to eradicate illiteracy by introducing free and compulsory education up to the eleventh standard.
          During the British regime the education rate was only 7 per cent. But after Kamaraj’s reforms it reached 37% .
          Major irrigation schemes were planned in Kamaraj’s period. Dams and irrigation canals were built across higher Bhavani, Mani Muthar, Aarani, Vaigai, Amaravathi, Sathanur, Krishnagiri, Pullambadi, Parambikulam and Neyyaru among others. The Lower Bhavani Dam in Erode district brought 207,000 acres (840 km2) of land under cultivation. 45,000 acres (180 km2) of land benefited from canals constructed from the Mettur Dam. The Vaigai and Sathanur systems facilitated cultivation across thousands of acres of lands in Madurai and North Arcot districts respectively. Rs 30 crores were planned to be spent for Parambikulam River scheme, and 150 lakhs of acres of lands were brought under cultivation.
          Industries with huge investments in crores of Rupees were started in his period: Neyveli Lignite Corporation, BHEL at Trichy, Manali Oil Refinery, Hindustan raw photo film factory at Ooty, surgical instruments factory at Chennai, and a railway coach factory at Chennai were established. Industries such as paper, sugar, chemicals and cement took off during the period.
          You can see Sekera how much was achieved by this simple man without a fuss. He never planted his pictures on any of his projects and call it Appa!

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          Ranjan
          Thanks. Such informative comments are rare here.
          K Kamaraj was a practical man and like many of his generation simple in his ways; even simpler than most. He was frugal and I have read several decades ago that he sent the same amount of money to his mother for her sustenance even after becoming Chief Minister, and he maintained his simple lifestyle.
          His language in public speech was, like him, simple and informal. He was ridiculed by some, but he did not take notice.
          He was instrumental in making Indira Gandhi PM, but she was unkind to him. KK in my opinion erred in joining hands with Morarji Desai and lost out in the process.

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      Omar writes “she has played a key role in the development of Tamil Nadu as one of India’s most economically influential states.2nd after Bombay-” Please correct yourself. Tamilnadu developed not because of Jayalalitha, or even Karunanidhi – both of whom were greedy, unprincipled, corrupt blood-suckers. The reality is the State moved forward agriculturally, economically and in other spheres INSPITE of these crooks – not BECAUSE of them.

      If the honest Kamaraj or even Arignar Anna were around today Tamilnadu would have surpassed Mumbai and provided a better quality of life to all citizens of the State. I have, on and off, lived in the State for over a quarter of a century and know the feelings of the patriotic people of the State.

      It is in Tamilnadu’s interest if Income Tax authorities are enabled to
      recover all stolen wealth from both Jayalalitha, Karunanidhi and their immediate accomplices – now in the hands of dummy friends and relatives.

      Kettikaran

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        Kettikaran Kamraj may have done all this but he also kept quite in deference to Nehru, when Malayali, Kannada and Telugu claimed and got large chunks of Tamil border lands,during the state reorganisation and the division of the former Madras presidency in the 1950s, on linguistic lines. Because of this the once Tamil Majority huge district of Iddiki went to Kerala. Large parts of southern Karnataka which then had a Tamil majority went to Karnataka. The native population of Bangalore were the Tamil Thilagars who were a boorish rural community owning large amount of land. The Telugu Reddy land developers cunningly bought all the land from these unsophisticated people and have now become very rich by developing these lands. Lots of these same Telugu Reddy are now urging the Kannada to attack Tamils in Karnataka. Along the northern borders the Telugus were aggressively claiming all the land including Madras city for the newly created Andhra state. They got everything but Rajah Gopalachari ( another Tamil Iyengar Brahmin put a stop to the Telugu claiming Madras) the border stopped just north of Madras or Chennai. Go and see all the ancient inscriptions at Thirupathi temple it is all in Tamil. It is just over the border. All these lands were historic and traditional Tamil country but were taken away from them, due to the aggressive actions of the Malayalis, Telugus and Kannadigas and Kamraj Nadar’s meek acquiescence and inaction. If the was more aggressive and had retained all these lands for the Tamils. many of these water disputes would not have arisen. Now the Malyali Kannadiga and Telugu have settled scores of their people in these lands and it is too late. Just like Sinhalese are settling their people and the Tamil North East. As soon as Iddiki was given to Kerala the government settled hundreds of thousands of Malyali Christians in the region. Bangalore and many of its suburbs border northern Tamil Nadu.

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    Well presented article on late Jayalalitha who is fondly called “Amma” a highest recognition a woman can receive from millions of people.

    As far as Sri Lankans are concerned her views and actions May be not very favourable on the ethnic issues but she has perform ed so well in favour of the poor and especially women from the rural sector.

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    “Although she never married, all of Tamil Nadu’s under privileged children were Amma’s children. Some called her Amma the ‘Goddess’ and their ‘Guardian Angel’ as she made her mark as the embodiment of compassion and generosity – especially in the eyes of the poor, further leaving her indelible imprint most surely as the hand that fed them and would continue to feed them, through the now famous ‘Amma Unavakam’, that served food and bottled water at a subsidised rate – add to that many more laudable initiatives – for those living below the poverty line, including providing medicines, medical treatment and educational opportunities,…”

    True. From the crowd who attended the funeral one can see what a great politician she was. What is unique is the ‘Amma Unawagam’ which was opened by her to feed the poor people with subsidy. Our politicians have a unawagam with subsidized meals inside the parliament, not for the people, what a contrast.

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    She May rest in peace and may Attain Nibbhana.

    But Sri Lankan Fishermen in West, North and East, mostly Tamil and Muslims will get a peace of mind and will go to sea.
    as Poaching by Tamil naadu and Kerala Indians will minimize in our shores..

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    Usha

    You LTTE people are full of praise for Jayalalitha only because she got a couple of useless resolutions passed at the Tamil Nadu Assembly in support your Eelam. You people forget the fact that Jayalalitha was deadly opposed to the LTTE at one time and except for these useless Eelam support resolutions she did sweet nothing for the LTTE or the Sri Lankan Tamils.

    Everyone is now praising Jayalalitha forgetting the fact that she was highly dictatorial and her government in Tamil Nadu was a one woman show. Shameless Tamilian males were prostrating before her to get posts and perks. The new Chief Minister Paneerselvan, Edapadi and others in his cabinet all went on bended knees before her. She hired and fired her Ministers and very few of her Ministers remained in office for a long time.

    If not for her paramour MGR, Jayalalitha would not have entered politics or become the all powerful Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She only projected herself and amassed wealth while in office. When I think of the death now of Jayalalitha, I am reminded of a Tamil film song by Kannathasan which starts with these lines “Adaiya Attam Enna, Thediya Thettam Enna, Koodiya Kootam Enna,…. Koodu Vittu Aavi Poanal Koodavei Varuvathu Enna”. At her death, did Jayalalitha take all the wealth she amassed?

    She was so vindictive that she got her political rival DMK leader old man Karunanidhi arrested and taken to prison in the middle of the night. She herself went to prison two times for corrupt enrichment but got released because of corrupt judges.

    I wish the end of the Jayalalitha era ushers in a new era where all the corrupt Dravidian parties such as ADMK and DMK are banished from Tamil Nadu politics.

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      All TN’s CM had their good roles. Mistakes too. Say Kamarajar had continued, TN would not have been turned into the new power house. He would have allowed Hindi take over. TN would have remained one of another ailing Southern state. But Dravidian wave started. Hindi was tuned back. Congress lost in TN. Now State’s English standard is much higher than others. Investors like that. This is the story of how TN obtained its new image. Until recently it had only famous professionals. It is no longer that. It is full of Business men. Not all those Business men are Tamils. But they all like TN. North is forced to turn back on the Dravidian TN.
      TN faces shortage of electricity. But their additional need is mainly by industries. They have many bases for power which are leading in the country. Their Diesel power Network is said to be very strong. In Lankawe, Nuraicholai is the biggest disaster to the country’s power system. It appears it cannot be fixed. China offered to transfer it to Bangladesh. That is the condition of it. Port City was the one brought election victory to Ranil. We know Old Royal and New Royal have equal partnership on that Jugglery. Now nobody knows what all those are about, now. But there is no point in mentioning Hambantota projects. There is no way to settle the loan of those. Ranil may sell 60,000 square kilometers to get $1.5 billion against $8 billion loan. It is four or five villages spread of big land. That is really in vain. That will be bringing its water, electricity, transport & other problems. I am not getting into neighbors reaction to that, India & America reaction to that, Country’ security problem so on and on and on.

      Last Karunanidhi’s period was the famous corrupted time. But it is not Old Royals time. He flexed resources and made his family one of the richest in the country. Though he made him rich, it is not Lankawe’s economical destruction. Trade grew, but the only defect was it was on his family name. He took commission and allowed many external investments to take place. Remember, these investments done by business who like to bribe and open up business. It is immoral but business is starting. So they are happy to give whatever Karunanidhi asked for. Employment came in. The New Industrialization on TN was set up. Jayalalitha only continued it. But He is the father of it. You may remember why they call PM Mahathir as MR. 5%. But that is how he started Malaysian investment rush. Though much lesser efficient way, that is what took place in Karunanidhi’s time. He started the freebie too. Freebie and industrialization were much policed now. Jayalalitha’s corruptions are not in the last two terms. It was on the earlier time.

      All Jayalalithaa’s estimated wealth is $16M. Karunanidhi’s declared wealth 13 cores. About 2 Billion INR the family’s worth. But Old Royals sent to $18 Billion (suspected) to foreign countries. Dubai Bank alone $3 Billions. Seychelles, Belarus, Ukraine, Japan, Thailand, Korea, India, Pakistan, Swiss, other Western properties…. You know they opened a garment factory in Andhra with about 1,300 workers (Even in that case, Money transferred to India and the employment went there). When one American company wanted $1.1 Billion to fix Sapugaskanda refinery, they gave it to China for $2.2 Billion. What waste of country’s wealth? Who knows about the satellite sent to orbit? So even in Karunanidhi’s time wealth was illegally earned, but much less economical damage was done to it.

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    Sri Lanka Parliament pass condolence re Amma

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/A-truly-pro-poor-leader-says-Sirisena/article16769457.ece

    even Mara tweeted

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      Rajash

      Hang on, let the condolence message reaches the Sinhala/Buddhists, all hell will break loose.

      Ranil’s apology will make it worse.

      Wait how somass, thrishu, our resident dimwit jim softy, KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere, country farce, I Hussein, ……. ballah, …… max moron are going to react.

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        no reported fire carjackers in the streets of Colombo.

        perhaps if MaRa is still President he may have organised lorry load of goons with bottles of arrack and firecrackers

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          Rajash

          “perhaps if MaRa is still President he may have organised lorry load of goons with bottles of arrack and firecrackers”

          Is it because the saffron clad thug Gnanasara is unaware of JJ’s death?

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            may be he is too busy scheming the next Muslim target

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    No new selfie of you sitting on the throne, Usha? Disappointing.
    Guess we’ll have just to be content with the original:

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Usha-Sriskandarajah.jpg

    :D

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    She did a lot damage to Eelam cause when LTTE was powerful and on the verge of achieving their goal. What’s the point of supporting the Eelam cause after their defeat? She’s just an opportunist.

    The Hindu: “At one point when the civil war in the island nation was at its peak and there were reports of civilian casualties, she remarked that civilians dying was inevitable in a war.”
    Just another war crime apologist. Fuck this Brahmin bitch who became powerful because of her privileges. The real heroes are the LTTE women who sacrificed a lot for their people.

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    Tell me/us pls, what has she achieved for the Tamil people in SL ?

    Politically our Tamil people are in limbo. Militarily their struggle was finished off by the State.

    Post conflict, when the Tamil people who survived the onslaught wanted to go about their lives thru traditional fishing, it was the Tamilnadu fisherman who entered SL waters to rape our seas and throw the Tamil fisherman to the wolves, Who then supported the Tamil fisherman of SL, the Slankan Navy.The late CM protested to Delhi that her fisherman weren’t getting a free ride in SL through their bottom sweeping trawlers.

    She just blew hot and cold on the Srilankan Tamil problem. She was a crutch the Tamil people of SL turned to, to feel good that something could be done about the local condition.

    In my view, she did nothing for the Tamil people in SL.

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      Why should anyone do anything for a nation of beggars that belch and fart at will using geopolitics of the “so called educated morons”??
      Feeding and housing 150k refugees at Nadu is enough of help.

      anyway the third world is doomed from 2017- do or die as cannibals because even Merkel does not know where to turn.

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    Person like JJ should have never become public figure, she was caste conscious and arrogant to represent 70 million people. She was very rabid anti-LTTE in 1990s.

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    A short reply to this article is how Jeyalalitha became one of the richest people in India? A person who would have been in jail, if not for the corrupt judiciary.

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      Porriki Sinhalaya you don’t know what it is to be rich in India because your folk never had.
      Neither are you aware of the value of super stars of Bollywood/Kollywood.- the maximum number of movies in the world are processed at Chennai not hollywood. Ambani a porters son own a US$1 billion home located in shanty town Bombay.
      Modi and DR SS court would not have released her if she had stolen wealth and the Maverick born in Pakistan would not have appeared for her.

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    A person is judged by the legacy they leave behind or the loot they accumulate during their lifetime. One wonders how a politician can earn 28 kg of Gold, 800 kg of Silver, 2000 acres of land, and a host of other assets during their lifetime?

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      Hey Small minded greedy tamil who has never seen hard earned wealth – Shakespeare was born a simple man disliked Latin and died a simple man.
      She was a super star and those things come free in the studios. movies are made with black money whether its Hollywood or Kollywood.

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        Canute

        “Hey Small minded greedy tamil who has never seen hard earned wealth – Shakespeare was born a simple man disliked Latin and died a simple man. “

        Of course, you are right. Every other decade their hard earned wealth had been looted, burnt down, bombed to stone age ….. There is no way they could have kept it forever.

        Now you have new opportunities, the Muslims. You have been preparing the masses and ground for a final solution to the “Muslim Problem”. It is only a matter of months before you attack them, rob them, burn their property. rape their women, ………..

        After ten or so years, we will see similar comments from people like you typing “Hey Small minded greedy Muslims who has never seen hard earned wealth”

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          what could they have earned compared to bollywood stars but they have the gaul to complain??
          When an Irish woman on the border of northern Ireland who had no money to buy school uniforms for her 4 girls even though she worked at a pharmacy won a rollover Euro lottery (UK lottery) which was more than what Victoria and Beckham were worth. The irish buzz was deafening and the poor woman had to plead the press to keep off her.

          They are being looted because they asked for it and decided to stay while they gave two hoots to others. No one gives anything but one takes it.
          Have the burgers who left come there to spawn?? Are they in interaction to the sinhala /tamil-muslim conflict- No smart people.
          83 Maggie opened the doors for city dwellers but more villagers from north and east got into EU then came the guns and the boasting that they are invincible. They have disgraced the majority Tamils of the world who are incidentally much superior to Ceylonese but humble.
          What Mad Dog does to the island is anyone’s guess.
          Behave yourselves is the best the islanders can do after having voted the animal once again- high literacy Ha Ha.

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    These houses are fragile and could easily collapse. They are meant to kill the Tamils further. The pre fabricated houses also the same. There is no sound designs for strong houses in N_E to withstand tremors, cyclones and tsunami. Only the numbers for statistics and politics eventually people will dye of it

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    Mr Omar,
    Jayalalitha was an actress when the earnings were pretty ordinary. She did not accumulate this kind of money as an actress. And please don’t call names when addressing an issue in public. That shows your ignorance.

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    Here is an article regarding the contribution of the Dravidian parties including Jayalalitha for the development of Tamil Nadu. This is why the common people loved her and called her “Amma” meaning mother.

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/Tamil-Nadu-after-Jayalalithaa/article16779332.ece?homepage=true

    Sinhalese extremists coming here and posting Tamil Nadu is a basket case of India is a lie

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      Cool story, bro :D

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        fake Brahmins who steal my identity are not my brother

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    It seems to me that nobody has actually viewed the videos of Jayalalitha’s BBC interview. All delivered in perfect English. Correct me if I am wrong, but she comes across as articulate, intelligent, and educated. Arrogant sometimes,( “I always look people in the eye”, she tells the hapless interviewer) but head and shoulders above 95% of our leaders.
    When Mahinda can do this, I might consider voting for him.

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      I would vote for a traditionally rich man who lives poor.
      The vast majority of Lankans have the beast in them because of new found glory by a stroke of bad luck. If it’s possible to take the mind away and see with the eyes only one becomes human.

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