The political landscape of Tamil Nadu is undergoing a transformation since the demise of former chief minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in December last year. The most recent update is that Jayalalithaa’s long time companion.aide VK Sasikala is all set to take over as the next chief minister of the state. The current CM O Panneerselvam has resigned from the post citing ‘personal reasons’ and has proposed Sasikala’s name as the new CM. In the wake of this announcement, voices have been raised against this sudden move.
Not just opposition politicians, but citizens of Tamil Nadu have spoken their mind against Chinnamma’s appointment as the next CM citing her ‘criminal background’ as a reason behind their reactions. All social media channels have been flooded with comments about the 62-year-old politician’s ability to run the state.
Among those who are raising their voices against Sasikala as Tamil Nadu CM is the famous Tamil rapper and activist Sofia Thenmozhi Ashraf, who is known for her ‘‘Kodaikanal Won’t’ song that went viral a while ago. Ashraf took to Facebook and posted a video protesting Sasikala’s impending appointment as Tamil Nadu CM. As per a report by The News Minute, Ashraf said the lyrics of the song reflects the sentiment of many Tamilians. The Tamil song highlights basic political criteria in a democratic nation which is “those who are not elected by the people cannot become ministers”. Ashraf’s song says that democracy is dead if people proclaim their leadership without contesting elections as is supposed to be in a democracy.
The video begins with Ashraf saying, “We are extremely disturbed by what’s happening in Chennai right now. Democracy has taken a huge hit. And here’s what we think about it.”
For those who do not understand Tamil, Ashraf and her team of four, including her bandmate Suren Vikash U, sings about the death of democracy. The song proclaims about the false promises made by the politicians that make people suffer. Ashraf and her team, at one time, blatantly mentioned in their song that the ministers who have not been appointed through elections, are not welcome.
A Tamil web portal Web-Zine translated the song for those who can’t understand Tamil.
The city still stinks
The elections are done
The desperation rises
Did I ask you for aid?
Did I ask you for your seat?
The city is filled with your cut outs
Step into the hood for once
Weak prattle for the sake of votes
Lies. Just gas.
Hey. Nobody’s good enough here.
My vote wasn’t for you.’
‘You come and go by my streets
Your Manifesto is half baked
What are you gonna offer now?
Ministers who have been elected
Without elections are not welcome.
As you let things be, it’ll grow…
As it proceeds, you’ll understand…
It will spark and obliterate …
We will put an end to this
Democracy is dead!’
Watch the video here:
This song was originally made in May 2016 by Ashraf and his teammate Vikash raising their voice against corruption. Then the song was aimed at voting for a deserving candidate or vote NOTA(None Of The Above) in the elections in Tamil Nadu in May.