Espousing the Tamil cause
Aditya Sinha of The New Indian Express argues that MK is able to hold forte on the Lankan Tamil issue only because there is no visible successor in place. He also draws parallel between the attack against North Indians in Mumbai and the attack against innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Karunanidhi seems to have had his cake and eat it too. He gets away with his hypocrisy and remains the ‘champion’ of Tamil Eelam, simply because there is nobody to inherit his mantle. If Karunanidhi had roared against the attacks against Biharis, would Raj or Uddhav have had the temerity to tell him to mind his own business, the way they did to Laloo or chief minister Nitish Kumar? Probably not. Of course, Mr Kalaignar takes his alpha-male role too seriously.But Karunanidhi seems to have had his cake and eat it too. He gets away with his hypocrisy and remains the “champion” of Tamil Eelam, simply because there is nobody else to inherit his mantle (sons Stalin and Azhagiri are no patch on Raj and Uddhav, so Chennai’s Biharis need not worry). After him, there will be a real crisis of leadership in opposition to Jayalalithaa. If Vaiko or Ramadoss were capable of the top job, they would have somehow got it by now; if they have not, they will never. Vijaykanth does not seem to have any depth, relying for advice on the discards from other parties. He seems like nothing more than a popular face. Plus, he has no neck. (Link)