AIADMK post Amma
Post-Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK is entering a new phase of uncertainty and unpredictability. There is no one in the party to fill the void left by Amma. The all-powerful leader that she was, J Jayalalithaa did not groom or anoint as her successor. The reticent Sasikala may have done a lot of behind-the scenes-work and Amma’s description of her as surrogate sister certainly conferred a certain pre-eminence on her among the party men. Still she was not assigned any political role to claim. But the appeal of other leaders to her to take the mantle of supreme power and lead them on the path shown by Amma has come as a clear indication that they are rallying behind her. Still how far she succeeds in keeping the “Mannargudi Mafia” in check and reconciling the ‘caste contradictions’ within the party remains to be seen. More important, would be her strategy to match DMK’s MK Stalin’s popularity in the new scenario and obscure Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar, who has already staked her claim to her aunt’s political legacy. The likely elevation of a video-parlour-keeper-turned-personal aide to the helmswoman of the ruling party would be a first in any Indian state. Now that Sasikala has emerged as the face of AIADMK, the real test for her is to win the hearts of the people. She is also expected to elucidate her political ideology and her views on social issues. It is clear that O Paneerselvam can only act as her proxy. But it would do him good, if he doesn’t cultivate the habit of falling prostrate before Chinnamma.
G David Milton Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu
Clean up the banks now
The error in visualising the macro impacts, post demonetisation, has created immense hardships to the common man. While the less consumption effect is spiralling in the economy, the government is taking a lacklustre attitude to eliminate the ill effects in toto. Tax evaders, black marketer’s, and terrorism financiers are unabatedly converting the cancelled legal tender into the new R2,000 denomination notes. Without the eradication of the prevailing corrupt practices in the government offices, public sector undertakings, and in the political parties, the demonetisation is not going to deliver the intended results. The government must look for implementing effective measures to prevent the misuse of power by bureaucrats and the political leaders. It would do well to target the wilful defaulters, who are creators of bad assets in the economy, and are obstacles to economic growth and development.
VSK Pillai Kottayam , Kerala