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Political awakening

Thursday, 16th February 2017

R Chitra

If one were to describe the few days after V K Sasikala took charge as the general secretary of the AIADMK, one would liken it to a thriller. It was almost a given a week ago that we would get the third woman Chief Minister of the State all because a man who got three chances to take a shy at the CM's seat did not seem smart enough to retain it - the third time.

But when Chief Minister O Panneerselvam went into meditative refl ection at Jayalalithaa's memorial, it was a wake-up call for people who had till then silently rued the political environment of Tamilnadu.

After that it was a blur of press meets on TV by the rival factions and reams of coverage by newspapers and magazines.

The one good thing that emerged out of all this - people even gave up following their favourite serials on TV as this was meatier - is that people have become politically savvy. From the maid to the political pundit on a noisy TV talk show, politics was on everybody's lips.

"Akka, what happens if Sasikala loses the case? Will Panneerselvam then become the CM?" asks the maid of the family.

Use any public space like a station, bus stand or a shop, and you find words like Sasikala, OPS and his supporters' names being dropped around.

Youngsters who can barely understand the division between the three pillars of the State, suddenly showed interest to know what the wealth case was all about.

Women travelling by train were heard discussing what happens if there is no majority among the parties. Would that bring in 'emergency' (their word) and lead to Governor's rule?

If so much was being said in real life, can social media be far behind? Some of the sharpest brains were at work, reeling out jokes after jokes, hanging on to the words of the politicians and making parodies of them.

With so much politics coming out of our ears, the next election - whenever it happens - should be an interesting one.

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