I don’t think that it would be appropriate to talk about anything else today, other than pay a tribute to Selvi Jayalalitha.
I have to admit that I feel kind of lame writing this post. The main reason behind this is my near total lack of understanding of the pivots of Tamil politics. So if you find my thoughts naive and somewhat funny, please excuse. If you spot something that you feel is blatantly ignorant, kindly point it out.
I always had a soft corner for the AIADMK. I have always been very uncomfortable with the whole idea of “Dravidian politics”. To me at least, it sounds perilously similar to the “idea of India” school of thinking. Essentially the whole “idea of India” is that there is no such thing as India. The so called “Dravidian politics” is just one of many attempts to deny the oneness of the nation, seeded in deliberately false theories spread by the British and coddled by Indian liberals because of their potential to divide the Indian people.
And I have always felt that AIADMK has played an important role in preventing Dravidian politics from breaking away from the nation’s Hindu core. It must be mentioned that AIADMK collected bricks for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Bricks collected from the deep south for a Ram temple in the deep north. Ha! This is precisely the kind of activity that reveals the uniqueness and oneness of the Hindu nation. This is precisely the kind of thing that will make an “idea of India” liberal gnash his teeth in anger.
Reminds me of the time in Parliament when Sushma Swaraj made Somnath Chatterjee squirm in his seat by reminding him that his parents named him (a Bengali) after a temple in distant Gujarat! Deny the oneness of India all you want, Mr. Communist, but the evidence is all around you. I made a brief attempt to find the video…but did not succeed immediately… one day I will post it for sure.
In fact, Jayalalitha’s passing and the possible disintegration of the AIADMK has just opened up a huge hole in our ranks. The Religion of Peace and the Religion of Love are fancying their chances. The deep south is now in peril. It is hard to tell whether Paneerselvam or Thambidurai have the temperament to fight the way it has to be fought. Unless a pro-Hindu force emerges rapidly, Tamil Nadu could become yet another broken arm of Bharat. I cite to you the 10 disastrous years of missionaries preying freely in undivided Andhra Pradesh. Elections will come and go, but wounds like these become open sores for generations to come.
In short, this is a difficult moment. And for the departed, Om Shanti.