T.N. Gopalan
Politics

Lack of follow-up Rahul Gandhi’s major failure

The BJP victory in Gujarat was of course widely expected, but the scale took everyone by surprise. Despite Morbi, corruption charges and all-round inefficiency, the party was returned to power with an increased number of seats in the assembly, topped up by a higher vote share than last time....

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Rahul Gandhi
Politics

Much ado about Thirumavalavan

I have written enough on Thol Thirumavalavan, prominent Dalit leader from Tamil Nadu. I would not have been tempted to write another but for dear friend N Ravi Kumar’s portrayal in these columns recently. The account seeks to portray Thirumavalavan as a great crusader for secularism and claims...

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Thirumavalavan
Opinion

‘Dravidian Model far from perfect’

Periyar is there on the bookshelves or as a statue on street corners. So all is right with the world, almost… That I think neatly sums up the Dravidian model. Going through the endless proclamations on the strides made by Tamil Nadu under the leadership of the Dravidian movement, one is struck...

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Dravidian Model
Opinion

Is MK Stalin secular or pseudo-secular?

Is MK Stalin more committed to secularism than his late lamented father? We can begin to believe so, though our own instincts might rebel against such ‘hasty’ judgments.  Secularism is under existential threat in the entire country at the moment. Only a few opposition Chief Ministers stand...

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Business

Chinese debt-trap diplomacy is a myth: US expert

The Sri Lanka - China relationship reminds us of the world of Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist asked for more, everyone was shocked, and he was duly punished. But today the crisis-ridden Sri Lanka knocks at the door of China yet again and asks for a lot more - -- “Sri Lanka has asked China to help...

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Opinion

Savukku Shankar: More sinned against?

As Savukku Shankar lurches from one tryst with law to another, as a friend of yesteryears, I can wish him well alright, but am also nagged by an uncomfortable feeling that the contempt proceedings against him in the Madras High Court is not going to end well at all, either for him or for the...

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Savukku Shankar
Politics

Exit AIADMK, enter BJP? Will MGR party fight back?

Former minister and AIADMK Organizing Secretary Ponnaiyan seems to have created a stir within his party with his strident attack on the BJP. He has charged the latter with trying to gobble up its ally and declared that its growth would “not augur well for the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu or Dravidian...

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AIADMK Tamil Nadu
Opinion

Whither Dalit political leadership?

Noted film director Pa Ranjith has been talked about a bit in the Tamil social media – context, his hosting a conference in Madurai recently to celebrate the Dalit identity. A few claimed that he was cutting across sectarian identities and hence could indeed provide a refreshingly new...

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