Tamil Nadu politics is as much about capturing the moral high ground as any other states. Except that the attire of film stars is par for the course, too. Only the other day, the states honourable legislators indulged themselves in a lively discussion on a dress code for actors, especially of the female gender. The issue was sparked off by a legislator who accused all TV channels (other than one run by his own party) of airing obscene shows. A senior DMK minister reacted strongly to the remark, saying that there could no objective yardstick to measure obscenity on TV. This set off a cross-volley of allegations and counter-allegations about moral principles and immoral fashion. Some wanted to slap on a strict dress code for actors appearing at public functions. The honourable member who raised the issue, concluded the Chair, must have spent considerable time watching TV frame by frame.
Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi likes to defend the development work done by his government. Recently, he locked horns with an opposition legislator who complained of delays in NOCs being given to IT companies keen to set up shop in the state. As many as 93 IT firms, said the CM, had entered in just one-and-half years of his rule, whereas the previous AIADMK government took three-and-half years to bring in 107 companies. However, he conveniently forgot to mention that half of these companies came to the state when the now estranged Dayanidhi Maran was the Union IT & telecom minister. Selective amnesia