14 April, 2021

All For You, Amma

Some wore neem leaves, others called her Jesus, one supporter even enacted death to celebrate Jayalalitha's birthday

All For You, Amma

SYCOPHANCY hits dizzying heights in Tamil Nadu every year on February 24. Ask any AIADMK leader and he will tell you that it was on this day, 48 years ago,that the state was blessed by the birth of the great Puratchi Thalaivi (revolutionary leader), the lighthouse of peninsular India, the goddess of the south, the champion of the downtrodden, the light that shines in the darkness and the godmother and saviour of Tamils. Praise does not come to the Tamil Nadu chief minister as a shower. It is almost always in a deluge.

This year too, despite a directive from Jayalalitha to her supporters to be restrained in their festivities, the tell-tale signs of her impending birthday were visible days before the great day. Newspapers friendly to the government became fattened, courtesy ads from government corporations, party MLAs, functionaries and ministers, wishing the chief minister a long life. Some Tamil papers packed over 40 pages of advertisements. Cutouts appeared on the streets of Madras and senior minis-ters reportedly made their own plans to display their loyalty to their...

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