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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Intel Inside India? Plus an Inside Look at TN Politics

Ever since I started this blog, I had steered away from talking about politics.

Intel Inside India?

This could soon become a reality if Dayanidhi Maran can reach out to the top brass at Intel. Given the reports in the press Intel is toying with the idea of setting up a plant in India / China. Maran wants to hog the limelight if Intel zeroes in on India. Maran intends to travel to the US to meet the top management of Intel Inc.

Mudslinging – the centre point of TN politics

The DMK and the ADMK have been trying to take credit for some of the recent developments – Nokia’s decision to set up a plant in Chennai, new Chennai airport for which approval was received recently. All these are desperate attempts to capture the attention of the voters in the run up to the Assembly elections next year. Similar situations have happened in the past as well. Both the Dravidian parties tried to take credit for the Ford & Hyundai plants that came up in Chennai. Given the nature of these projects, it so happens that one party is in power at the time of approval of the project and the other party is in power at the time of the kick-off (Bhoomi Pooja) of the plant. This problem gets complicated if the opposition party is part of the Coalition in the Centre (bcoz of the bitter Centre – State relations). Given the long-term nature of these projects both parties want to have a share of the pie.

Swapping Coalition Partners – An Event which happens once before each election

Swapping the coalition partners is like a ritual which happens once every 5 years (or earlier if the elections are scheduled before that). For the national parties like the Congress and BJP, the local outfits have no say in the coalition formation. They have to follow the diktat of the Central Command.

Recent trends indicate that ADMK might go solo for the next election. Given the anti-incumbency factor, I’m not too sure whether ADMK can come back to power. But if the opposition is divided (which might result in votes getting split) then it might work out to ADMK’s favour.

The DMK, which has now perfected the art of pulling along a truckload of coalition parties might continue with the current set-up. EVKS Elangovan had gone public recently about his party’s intentions to go it alone and target a Congress government in the state. This didn’t go down well with the DMK and hence EVKS was asked to tone down. At best, this coalition can drag on till the time DMK supremo MK is able to hold strong. He has already projected his son Stalin and grandson Dayanidhi Maran as the torch bearers for politicking at the State and the Centre. This has not gone down well with the party cadres (atleast the older ones). Stalin who is more than 50 years old continues to be the Head of the youth wing. How long can parties like the PMK, MDMK play second fiddle to DMK? I’m sure they might also be nursing ambitions to rule the state at some future date. With MK at the fag end of his political career, it is just a matter of time before he hands over the baton to Stalin. At this juncture, the coalition is bound to collapse as their ego will not permit them to be part of an alliance, which is headed by Stalin. Even if the DMK coalition comes back to power in the ensuing State elections, the million dollar question is whether MK is physically fit to run the government. Outlook had reported few months ago that although MK was advised to undergo a surgery, Dayanidhi and Kalanidhi Maran had decided against the surgery for MK atleast till the next elections.

The Shankaracharya issue has caused a rift between ADMK & BJP and hence both have decided to part ways. Captain Vijayakanth is likely to join hands with the BJP in the forthcoming elections as he is opposed to the main Dravidian parties.

Please note that these are still early days. Lot of things can change between now and the elections. It remains to be seen as to which side Superstar wants to take. PMK has already toned down its rhetoric against the Superstar.

How to pronounce MARAN?

Given a chance I would like to take tuition for newsreaders of English and Hindi news channels and educate them about how to pronounce the word MARAN. You can hear the word MARAAAAAAAAAAAAN quite often. Thank God they didn’t say MORON.

India Today report on Union Ministers

SUN TV carried a news report last week, which was about India Today’s report of Best ministers in the Union Cabinet. They went on to say that 3 out of the 5 mentioned in the article are from TN. I don’t know how many of you managed to read the original article in India Today. The report just said that ministers in key economic and financial portfolios are quite savvy and hence are making a difference. It didn’t mention anywhere that they are the best ministers around. The ministries considered were Petroleum (Mani Shankar Ayyar), Finance (P Chidambaram), Aviation (Praful Patel), Communication & IT (Dayanidhi Maran), Commerce & Industry (Kamal Nath). How can SUN TV tweak this report and present their own version of this.

The very same India Today had done an exhaustive survey of Union Ministers some time ago. Some of the TN Ministers (mainly DMK & PMK) were rated poorly. Where was SUN TV when that report came out?


  • super analysis :)
    I'm really interested to see politics in TN beyond MK and jayalalithaa. thats gonna be fun :)

    By Blogger saranyan, at 4:59 AM  

  • Hey Kaps,
    Did u read the story about our Karthik(yeah, ciniactor) planning to enter politics?
    He quoted..let me say in tamil..its more funny.
    "Yennoda vazhkaya thamizh makkalukaga naan arpanichiten....avanga ennai evaru vendumanalum ubayoga paduthi kollalam".
    This guy, who is known for his 'heroic activites' with girls, after loosing all money had gained the wisdom of helping others. F****

    By Blogger JaganLee, at 6:55 AM  

  • I am reminded of this dialogue in Thillu Mullu between Rajini and Thengai Srinivasan:

    Rajini: "Sir, en thambikkum enakkum oththu varaadu, avan ADMK naa naan DMK."

    Thengai: "ADMK, DMK ellaam onnu thaan paa. Ellaam DK lerndu vandadu thaan. Naan thaan DK nnu vechchukkoyen".

    Now let us see how these "katchis" have done "parinaama valarchchi" from the parent:

    DK, DMK, A(IA)DMK, MDMK, PMK - thus like nuclear fission, all these splinter groups have formed to garner specific vote banks. Imagine splinter groups from several other parties in other states and no wonder this joke was repeated by President Kalam (as to what a student told him apparently):

    A man was walking by the beach. And he found an old lamp. On rubbing it, three genies appeared. They told him he can ask only one wish of each of them and also added that it can be the toughest assignment. To the first one, he said "go and count the number of stars in the Universe". In spite of it being a daunting task, the genie came back in two minutes and gave him the number. He asked the second one to count the number of grains of sand on earth and again while it was a challenging task, the genie came back in a couple of minutes with the number. He asked the third genie to go and count the number of political parties in India. It left and the man was just waiting and waiting. The other two began to giggle and when the man asked why, they said he might as well wait there until he dies since that genie ain't coming back with a definite answer in a long time :-)

    By Blogger thennavan, at 10:11 AM  

  • Theres no politics beyond Kalaignar and Puratchithalaivi.

    MarAAn was pioneered by Vikram Chandra of NDTV. and I thot it wud end with Murasoli Maran's death.

    Anti-incumbency has thrived in TN for decades. There has not been a single election in which the govt has been unseated in the recent past and the party is voted in with a thumping majority. It is sad that theres noone with Amma today - but we must realize she has provided a responsible govt. Ppl can pick arguments over Kanchi, Pota and the employees strike. But I feel every act was neccessary - overdone (in almost every case) but neccessary.

    If theres a way PMK, DPI and Congress are eliminated in TN - that would be a great day in TN politics. Kazhagams myte have been a joke for the rest of India but both Kalaignar and Amma have proved they ve got more stuff in em than all those front row leaders of BJP and congress

    By Blogger Harish, at 10:51 AM  

  • DMK and AIADMK. Will there be an alternative. I also wonder if there is any meaning, in Chandrababu Naidu meeting the MK

    By Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy, at 12:36 PM  

  • It will be business as usual, whoever comes to the power (one of ADMK or DMK).

    If DMK comes, they will take revenge on AMMA.. that's sure.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 3:34 PM  

  • Like the new " Go,get it" (Intel) attitude !

    By Blogger Cogito, at 5:41 PM  

  • I don't think Rajini would lend his "voice" to anyone this time. If he does that and that party/alliance bites the dust, he wd be a laughing stock. Once bitten, twice shy.

    By Blogger Chakra Sampath, at 2:06 PM  

  • nice article... like you mentioned, MK may not be in a healthy state now... but i would prefer him to rule than the alternative of stalin... that has been one of the main problems of MK... even now, i am not sure why he doesn't invite vaiko back into his party and let him compete for the top post with stalin if he is seriously concerned about TN's welfare... maybe MK knows that MDMK needs DMK more than the other way around...

    about the upcoming elections, i don't see any reason why the opposition would split... congress is not going opt for going it alone because it needs dmk in the union govt... i think MK has learnt from the last few elections and knows the importance of the big coalition partners... makes you wonder why he didn't know this in the 2001 elections... i guess it is all about over-optimistic view of himself and his party...

    about mudslinging in TN, the sad part is that politics in US have also degraded to that level in recent years and it is making it less and less interesting to follow...

    one minor correction... GK Vasan might have also made some comments about going it alone, but it was Elangovan's comments that irked MK and was the reason for the spat between the two parites.

    By Anonymous kumaran, at 12:48 AM  

  • Kumaran,
    Thanks 4 dropping by. I don't think MK wants Vaiko to return back to the DMK fold. SUN TV has an unwritten policy to black out any news related to Vaiko.

    Thanx 4 pointing out about EVKS Elangovan. I'll change it right away.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 12:58 AM  

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