Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about Cho Ramaswamy, calling him a “multidimensional personality, towering intellectual, great nationalist & fearless voice who was respected and admired.Above all, Cho Ramaswamy was a dear friend.”
In South India, Cho Ramaswamy was revered as a living legend who had made humor a way of life through his popular plays flavored with a dose of humor and political satire.
More importantly, Cho Ramaswamy is the founder and editor of Thuglak, a most popular fortnightly Tamil magazine, that used to reportedly sell over one lakh copies with every fortnightly issue (according to actress Sukumariamma’s biography) and was a huge hit with people of all ages, from the youth to the elderly.
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After taking over the mantle of leadership from MGR, Jayalalithaa is known to have been her own person when it came to political strategy. However, at critical junctures, she used to turn to Cho Ramaswamy for his advice. Known for his sharp political acumen in understanding the pulse of the people, Cho Ramaswamy used to be known as Jayalalithaa’s ”sounding board” whenever she needed political advice. As a result, his visits to Poes Garden used to be watched very closely in Tamil Nadu’s political circles.
Cho Ramaswamy was a strong critic of the reservation policy. He did not hesitate to use satire to make his political stance clear on any ”hot” topic, even when the ruling party seemed to be governed by his ”friends.” This added to his credibility among the public that ”here is an intellectual giant who fears no one and is our voice when the political system makes a mess of things.”