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Tamil Nadu politics gets a personal touch

Earlier, the ordinary people had no access to Tamil Nadu politics' stalwarts. This is changing now, and therefore, Rahul Gandhi's recent visit to the state was a change for the people

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Tamil Nadu | Tamil Nadu elections | Rahul Gandhi

Aditi Phadnis  |  New Delhi 



Aditi Phadnis

has seen several decades of imperial politics. M G Ramachandran and acted and wrote scripts for the underclass. But they were remote figures, to whom ordinary people had no access. Jayalalithaa even more so. All these leaders controlled a strong party system and they pulled organisational levers to get it to work for them. When in government, the bureaucracy was a trusted ally. There was a certain cachet to being unavailable and aloof. It added mystique to leadership.

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First Published: Sat, February 06 2021. 00:05 IST

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