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  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Rajnikanth: Thalaivar's Political Avatar

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-01-01 20:58:03

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
After months of teasers, Tamil superstar Rajnikanth finally announced his decision to enter politics. As with all other celebrities who take the plunge, Rajnikanth also declared that the system needed a cleaning up and it was time that someone did it so he was accepting the challenge. Like others, he too added that he was not entering the fray for any position or post but to serve the people and to build a ‘new’ Tamil Nadu. Given the aura surrounding him, Rajnikanth might just be the person who can cleanse the sytem. But again, the system is known to have broken many with a resolve stronger than him.

Given his immense popularity – with numerous fan clubs and even temples – Rajnikanth starts on a strong footing. As Tamil Nadu is used to personality-based politics, he can hope to galvanize this fan base into party cadres. One says hope to because politics in India is a tricky issue, based on complicated mathematics of religion, caste, creed and community. Although Rajni has promised his party will be free of religious and casteist bias, it remains to be seen how people accept it. For, a fan who admires his art and screen persona might not accept his other credentials.

Further, one man parties are autocratic and full of chamchas. These lower rung leaders neither have grassroots following nor the authority to take independent decisions. In such a scenario, it will be very difficult for Rajni to build a viable unit in a hurry. Of course there will be some defections from other parties. But that will not be enough to run a state like Tamil Nadu. Despite his honest intentions, Rajni will first have to build an organization that can fight and win an election against the well-entrenched AIADMK and the re-galvanized DMK and then run the government and it cannot be done just on the basis of the huge fan following. If he is not able to find the right people, he will lose all the goodwill he has generated through years of hard work.