Kachchativu chapel inauguration postponed due to Jayalalithaa’s death

Kachchativu chapel inauguration postponed due to Jayalalithaa’s death

Colombo, December 7 (NIA): The inauguration of the newly constructed St.Anthony’s chapel on Kachchativu island which was due to be held on Wednesday, has been postponed until further notice because of the demise of J.Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief minister, last Sunday. The parish priest of Delft Island, Fr.Jayaranjan, who is in-charge of the chapel on Kachchativu island said that a...

She was a beacon of hope for Sri Lankan Tamils

She was a beacon of hope for Sri Lankan Tamils

Colombo, December 6 (The New Indian Express): The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s involvement in the Sri Lankan Tamil issue began almost immediately after she joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and became its propaganda secretary within a year in 1983. It was in the later part of 1983 that over 1 lakh Sri Lankan...

There was a political statement in the decision to bury rather than cremate Jayalalithaa

There was a political statement in the decision to bury rather than cremate Jayalalithaa

Chennai, December 6 (NIA): Even though she was an Iyangar Brahmin , former Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa was buried and not cremated on Tuesday. This was because she was the head of a Dravidian political party, the All India Dravida Munnetra Lazhagam(AIADMK), which believes in the revival of Dravidian practices pre-dating Vedic Aryan influences on Tamil Nadu. Though she was a...

Jayalalithaa’s involvement with Sri Lanka goes back to the aftermath of the July 1983 riots

Jayalalithaa’s involvement with Sri Lanka goes back to the aftermath of the July 1983 riots

Colombo, December 6 (NIA): The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s involvement with Sri Lankan affairs began 33 years ago after the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots and the exodus to Tamil Nadu which they triggered. The involvement of the “iron lady” was wholeheartedly welcomed by the Tamils of the island but was abhorrent to the majority Sinhalese. In 1983,...

Sri Lankan Prime Minister describes Jayalalithaa as a “stateswoman”

Sri Lankan Prime Minister describes Jayalalithaa as a “stateswoman”

Colombo, December 6: Condoling the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe described her as a “stateswoman who won the hearts and minds of not only the people of South India but all of India.” In a message issued on Tuesday, Wickremesinghe said: “Although she had political differences with Sri Lanka, to her credit...

Myths that Jayalalithaa exploded

"Who says a single woman can't become a leader in ultra conservative India. Who says you need to be a member of a political family to succeed in legacy oriented India. Who says an educated English speaking lady can never run a chauvinistic Tamil state.Who says you need to be born and bred in the heartland of TN to rule...

O.Panneerselvam succeeds Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

O.Panneerselvam succeeds Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Chennai, December 6 (The Hindu): Senior All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and cabinet minister O. Panneerselvam or OPS as he is known, has been elected leader of AIADMK's Legislative Party and sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The swearing-in took place shortly after midnight on Tuesday, following the demise of Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa at 11.30 pm...

Jayalalithaa successfully challenged male-dominance in politics and shattered caste barriers

Jayalalithaa successfully challenged male-dominance in politics and shattered caste barriers

Chennai, December 6 (Hindustan Times): She was a rank outsider in Tamil Nadu’s male-dominated politics, a woman dismissed by critics as a mere actress and a Brahmin leader in a state where anti-caste Dravidian ideology held sway. But through her keen political acumen and leadership qualities – dictatorial tendencies to her critics – Jayalalithaa Jayaram transformed herself from a soft-spoken...

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passes away

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passes away

Chennai, December 6 (The New Indian Express): Six-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the unquestioned leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), J Jayalalithaa, passed away at a Chennai hospital at 11.30 pm on Monday following a massive cardiac arrest a day before. She had been in Apollo Hospital since September 22 and had reportedly been...

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