22 September, 2020

‘What Is My Handiwork? The EC Ordered Income Tax Raids’

On the day Dinakaran announced his 'sanyas', Tamil weekly Thuglak's editor S. Gurumurthy talks about the grapple hold of the Sasikala family on the AIADMK...

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‘What Is My Handiwork? The EC Ordered Income Tax Raids’
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2017-04-22T11:15:37+05:30

When auditor, columnist and corporate mediator S. Gurumurthy succeeded the late Cho Ramaswamy as editor of the Tamil weekly, Thuglak, in December, everyone wondered how he would shape up in his new avatar. The RSS ideologue used his political activism, very much like Cho, to fight the grapple hold of the Sasikala family on the AIADMK. On the day Dinakaran announced his sanyas, Gurumurthy spoke to G.C. Shekhar.

You are being blamed for the recent ­troubles of Sasikala and Dinakaran. How guilty are you?

It’s not about any individual. It’s like capturing an untenanted property—in this case a political party. That disturbed me in view of their record—a family with a very bad reputation. How can it be allowed to be a powerful political force? I was opposing a phenomenon in Tamil Nadu politics. It evolved gradually in the DMK. It suddenly grabbed a political party and they were going to be in power for four years. It was unthinkable. So it was out of genuine public interest...

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