Legacy Battle Marks Jayalalithaa's Birth Anniversary
Wednesday, February 24 marks the 73rd birth anniversary of Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu's film heroine-turned-political leader, who went on to become chief minister four times. The strong woman of Tamil Nadu politics ruled more like an empress as ministers fell at her feet and even felt happy just touching the front tyre of car reverentially, giving birth to the derisive term of 'tyre lickers' to denote spineless sycophants.
True, Jayalalithaa's tenure got sullied by corruption scandals that saw her being unseated twice. And its remnants were felt early this month along the Bengaluru-Chennai highway when her friend turned 'non-biological' sister Sasikala Natarajan drove back home triumphantly --- after serving four years in jail for corruption.