There can be no contesting the fact that sycophancy was at its peak during the rule of the late chief minister, J Jayalalithaa.
The politics of prostation
There can be no contesting the fact that sycophancy was at its peak during the rule of the late chief minister, J Jayalalithaa. We witnessed even very senior ministers and party men prostating before her, with no objection raised by her to such ‘veneration’. However, when it was expected that such demeaning acts would come to an end with her demise, to our great shock, we witness activated sycophancy when the ministers and the party folk fall at the feet of VK Sasikala, to exhibit their ‘loyalty’ to her! More shocking is that a large chunk of the AIADMK MLAs have also allowed themselves to be kept as captives in a resort off Mahabalipuram. However, chief minister O. Panneerselvam has exhibited the courage to come out of Sasikala’s ring and rise in clamour against her and we now witness people of various walks of life extending their support to him and rallying behind him in large numbers. Now, with the Supreme Court convicting Sasikala and two of her relatives and confirming the four year jail term awarded by the Special Court, thereby eclipsing her political ambition, one hopes that this type of nauseating sycophancy would also come to an end and our politicians, MLAs and MPs would learn at least from now on to act with self respect.
Anna Mary Yvonne, Chennai