With a gross mishandling in the clearing up of the massive oil spill near the shores of Marina and Ennore and the brutal murder of a dalit girl Nandhini – the Tamil Nadu politics is once again in appalling decay! In addition, the staged power handover to the late Jayalalithaa’s aide and the AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala has again stirred quite a lot of people around. And this is looked down with contempt and disgust by a lot of ordinary people.
The article below was published in the January issue of Red Star, the monthly newspaper of the United Socialist Party (CWI) in Sri Lanka. The party’s general secretary, Sritunga Jayasuriya, outlines the mounting tension in the country as the government, led by the United National Party, tries to force through harsh neo-liberal economic reforms. The president, Maithripala Sirisena, and his supporters in the SLFP (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) are working together with the UNP in their onslaught against workers and students.
Stop the state atrocities on the peaceful protesters in Tamil Nadu!
The historic upsurge of the students and the youth which displayed a great show of solidarity, and reflected the aspirations of the significant sections of the Tamil community across the world, to pursue the struggle against the high handed ban against Jallikattu is now brutally suppressed by the state forces.
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From Sunday evening, it was a tense situation in Chennai with hundreds of police personnel patrolling the roads and streets. The news started to spread the critical health condition of Jayalalithaa who was by then hospitalised for more than 70 days. The city was on high alert. The shops shuttered by Monday evening with some news channels reporting the chief minister’s death. However, it was officially announced, around midnight that the Chief minister Jayalalithaa died on Monday (5.12.16) at 11.30pm.