Rangaraj
Politics

As time runs out for Sasikala, she makes a splash

In a symbolic move indicating that Jayalalithaa's aide V K Sasikala was preparing herself for a legal and perception battle for control over the AIADMK, she pulled off a coup by unveiling a plaque at MGR's T Nagar residence calling herself 'party general secretary' and spent time at his...

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Culture

How ancient Chennaivasis buried their dead

It seems ancient Chennaivasis believed in reincarnation. Their burial monuments testify to this. They didn’t cremate the dead but buried them. On top of the burial ground, they raised the stone monuments. Recent research has shown that Chennai has been continuously inhabited for thousands of...

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Politics

Vijay, PMK prove a point as DMK sweeps local body polls

The success of the ruling DMK in the local body elections in nine districts has not come as a surprise. But the real surprise package has been actor Vijay's Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam which has quietly picked up seats in various districts, indicating that Tamil Nadu has to brace itself for...

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Vijay Makkal Iyakkam
Politics

PTR makes peace; painful reforms postponed

Like Manmohan Singh, Tamil Nadu’s Finance Minister PTR Palanivel Thiaga Rajan has learned quickly that good economics is bad politics. Much of the promises in his White Paper on the state’s financial position, regarding re-structuring and minimizing the amount of freebies and subsidies, would...

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Culture

This day 25 years ago, Madras became Chennai

Today marks the 25th year of the change in name of Greater Chennai city from Madras to Chennai. This historic announcement, a celebration of Chennai and Tamil Nadu's culture and civilisation as opposed to being a legacy of British rule, was made by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M...

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Culture

In praise of Chennai in 5th century AD

Several Alvars record references to ancient Chennai in paasurams from 5th century References in Hymns of Alvars to ancient Chennai (Chennai Maadham series) In tracing the antiquity of the Chennai region subsequent to the second century A.D., we have to rely on the works of the early Vaishnavite...

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Triplicane Temple
Culture

How Kollywood owes its name to a flower

The Tamil film industry is known as Kollywood -- a reference to Kodambakkam, the area in Chennai where studios were once located and stars lived. The real name of Kodambakkam, however, is Kodalambakkam (Kodal + pakkam)). Kodal is the name of a flower that grew in these parts, as recorded in...

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