Watch: Off Centre With Vaasanthi
On Off Centre popular Tamil writer and journalist Vaasanthi evaluates the life and times of J Jayalalithaa. Vaasanthi’s biography ‘Amma – Jayalalithaa’s Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen’ is a bestseller. Vaasanthi says that the rest of India will view Jayalalithaa, as a very powerful, dynamic and determined leader, who was never a good ally to national parties. She tells Anuradha SenGupta that Jayalalithaa was a born politician who knew exactly what her next move would be, how she would behave, how she would treat her opponents, rivals, and allies. Vaasanthi also talks of the unique nature of Tamil politics and the people’s outlook that embraced MGR a Malayali and on his death Jayalalithaa a Brahmin actor as the leader of a party that had its roots in the anti-Brahmin Dravidian movement.