A short news item appeared in TOI Chennai edition today on Mr S. Gurumurthy's views on some important issues. One is the loss of craze for Dravidianism. Another issue that we hear from him is the one on Jayalalithaa's death. Though we believe that Jayalalithaa suffered a natural death, the developments in the AIADMK soon after her death makes us think that her death was a culmination of a well executed long term plan by Sasikala and her people. To quote Mr Gurumurthy,
"Jayalalithaa was under the care of Sasikala Natarajan whom she threw out in 2011 along with her family members. It is they who after apologising and returning had her under their care for years. In that period her health declined steeply. How could the doctors or hospitals have treated her, particularly when she was critical? Those who would gain if she were not there were taking total care of her. It does call for a probe in public interest".
The circumstantial evidence and the complete amnesia of everyone in the party to Sasikala's promise to Jayalalithaa of not having anything to do with party and governance certainly point out to foul play. This gives every reason to suspect that Jayalalithaa was deliberately made to suffer gradual ill health by Sasikala so that she can capture power some day. Though this looks fictitious, the current developments and the earlier episode of Jayalalithaa expelling everyone of Sasikala's clan are too true to be brushed aside.
In this context the one person who can boldly take on the cunning and mighty ones is Cho Ramasamy. Unfortunately he left us at the most trying time. I used to wonder whether he suffered heart attack on seeing the Sasikala clan surrounding Jayalalithaa's body as that was a clear evidence that Jayalalithaa had been cheated all along till her death by Sasikala. Jayalalithaa herself has told Cho in 2011 about the double crossing done by Sasikala & co. Cho has shared it with some of his close friends. This has come out now in the editorial of Thuglak, now edited by Mr S. Gurumurthy.
Those pages are given below.
At a time we were looking helpless with no strong voice to question the misdeeds happening in Tamilnadu, it is a welcome development that Mr Gurumurthy had taken up the role of Mr Cho Ramasamy and has raised this suspicion in Jayalalithaa's death. When everybody perhaps with an exception of Seeman, have been clamoring to shake their hands with Sasikala, it gives some sense of hope to see Mr Gurumurthy expressing his views fearlessly and in tune with what people at large think. Mr Gurumurthy has contributed a lot at the national level - the recent one being the demonetization issue. But now he has come to cater to the grass root level reader through Thuglak.
It is really fulfilling to see a smooth transition in Thuglak with a fitting person replacing Cho. But alas the same has not happened in the ruling party of Tamilnadu.
'Hindu gods defeated Dravidianism in TN'
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Stepping into Cho Ramaswamy's shoes as Thuglak's editor doesn't daunt S Gurumurthy, though he does say that Cho was a gifted writer. “He wrote the entire script for his famous play `Unmai Urangum Neram' in one night,“ he says. Gurumurthy says very little in his life can be attributed to his free will and everything has been a happening, so is the `Thuglak' editor role.
S Gurumurthy is that rare breed in public life in Tamil Nadu. Devoutly religious -when talking about a corrupt official he wonders what would be the punishment for all the bad karma he had earned -Gurumuthy , along with Cho and others, has steadfastly countered popular ideas including Dravidian ones. Proud of his RSS background, he says, “I may be biased because I take a point of view. But I will speak on the basis of facts“.
For long, he was among a microscopic minority of opinion makers in the state. Yet, for his niche audience of middle-class enthusiasts and professionals, Gurumurthy is a rock star, a man who makes a powerful case against moral degeneration and for India's culture and values.
Vigilant against monkey business, especially by politicians, Gurumurthy has called for a probe into J Jayalalithaa's death. “Jayalalithaa was under the care of Sasikala Natarajan whom she threw out in 2011 along with her family members. It is they who after apologising and returning had her under their care for years. In that period her health declined steeply. How could the doctors or hospitals have treated her, particularly when she was critical? Those who would gain if she were not there were taking total care of her. It does call for a probe in public interest,“ he adds.
With Tamil Nadu's politics in a churn, it would appear that the time has come for his views to get bigger play . Gurumurthy sees fatigue among Tamils with Dravidian parties. “A polarised political situation has been guiding TN since 1972. Nobody else had any influence or decisive role. Now one pole, the AIADMK, has been affected. A large part of the AIADMK vote was anti-DMK vote. It got it from the Congress which declined and AIADMK prospered. BJP will grow if there is a meltdown in TN politics, which will soon happen,“ he says.
Advocates of the Dravidian movement argue that the BJP brand of Hinduism will never gain a foothold in the state that has an identity of its own including in religious beliefs. “I actually think TN is the most Hinduized state in the country . Almost a crore of people go to Sabarimala. A quarter million people go to Palani every month, thirty lakh go to Melmaruvathur. This is what de-dravidianized Tamil Nadu. Hindu gods defeated Dravidianism. The psyche of Tamils is that they have more faith in gods than leaders. They see god in their leader, not leader as god.“
Gurumurthy faults the Dravidian parties and the general decline in values among professionals and civil servants for the recent raids on businessmen and the chief secretary of the state. “`30 crore new notes were seized. This became public. No government could have avoided ordering raids.
Bank officials are in collusion.You cannot give more than `24,000 to anyone per week but you find `30 crore in one place, in bundles without being opened. Obviously there is a huge conspiracy to smuggle this money out of cash chests of banks and exchange it with black money .
The DMK and the AIADMK regimes have made Tamil Nadu corrupt. It is very organized. Even the civil service has been co-opted into this in a massive way. It's serious,“ he adds.