Post Amma and Ayya: The new Tamil Nadu potboiler
The power centre of Tamil Nadu is up for grabs after the death of M Karunanidhi. The game of thrones has already begun
Chennai: A short while after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war came to an end in May 2009, Tamil Nadu’s then chief minister M. Karunanidhi had made one of his usual visits to the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) headquarters. But instead of meeting with visitors as per routine, the DMK patriarch left the party office in a huff. On enquiring about the reason, M.K. Stalin was told that the ‘thalaivar’ (leader) was reading a Tamil weekly and had chanced upon an open letter written to him by a Sri Lankan Tamil: the nub of the painful epistle was how the Tamils in the island had felt betrayed by the ‘Tamilina Thalaivar’ (leader of the Tamil people).