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J Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu: The Challenge of the Ordinary

V Shoba

Political life in Tamil Nadu is no longer dominated by larger-than-life leaders, in spite of Rajinikanth. Both DMK and AIADMK are struggling without a mass hero

As Amma Lay Dying

Jayalalithaa was imperious even in her final hours

Kamal Haasan: A Star in Search of a Bigger Sky

A mega movie. A political battle. And still not playing to gods. It's the role of a lifetime for Kamal Haasan

Tamil Nadu: Vacancy for an Icon

There are no long-term winners in the Tamil Nadu power struggle

Puppet Part Two

Sasikala goes to jail and a dummy comes to power in Chennai

The MGR Magic: The Enduring Image Trap

One hundred years of the MGR magic

The Lady Vanquishes

Liberating Jayalalithaa from the image trap

She Who Must Not be Named

When Jayalalithaa ceases to be a noun and becomes a political pronoun

Reading the Future in the Ashes of Thursday

A comrade who defies both biology and ideology in Kerala. The triumph of Kancheepuram kitsch in Tamil Nadu. The compelling subaltern-sandesh socialist in Bengal. A Modi wave on the Brahmaputra. And a Family that couldn't provide the sheltering shadow for a withered party...The summer thriller of 2016

Tamil Nadu: The Cult of Mother is Intact

For the first time, Tamil Nadu has voted back an incumbent party contesting without an ally

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