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Mani Ratnam is dead, long live Mani Ratnam!

Mani Ratnam is dead, long live Mani Ratnam!

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam starts out featuring all the Mani Ratnam tropes. It pays ritual homage to Godfather through a Corleone-like family. There is the don who is shot but survives, and he has three sons and a daughter. The first son is a hot-head and not terribly...

After no-confidence motion, AIADMK regains its tag as BJP ally

After no-confidence motion, AIADMK regains its tag as BJP ally

The no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on July 20, 2018, could not have come at a worse time for the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK had taken a stand against the NDA government at the Centre on recent issues like UGC, NEET for Siddha, Cauvery etc., to...

The murder of a gangster: Puzhal prison under scanner

The murder of a gangster: Puzhal prison under scanner

In Tamil Nadu, Chennai Puzhal, Vellore, Salem, Cuddalore, Tiruchi, Madurai, Palayamkottai have prisons for men. Heading the state prisons is Additional Director General of Police and under him several Deputy Inspector Generals, as well as superintendents, additional...

Tamil nationalism: Why India should be worried

Tamil nationalism: Why India should be worried

Starting from the January 2017 jallikattu protests, Tamil Nadu has been on the boil. There is an overwhelming feeling that the entire country -- Parliament, central government, Supreme Court, and the north Indian media -- has ganged up against Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu...

What next in Cauvery?

What next in Cauvery?

The Cauvery issue has severely tested the idea that India shall be a law-governed nation. The system is supposed to work based on checks and balances imposed by constitutionally mandated institutions, but successive Karnataka governments have repeatedly stressed in...

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