The state of Tamil Nadu was plunged into grief following the death of its chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who was more affectionately known as ‘Amma’ (mother). Thousands gathered at Rajaji Hall in central Chennai to pay their last respects to the AIADMK leader who broke Tamil Nadu’s political convention by being elected for a second consecutive term this summer.
In her four-decade long political career, which began in 1982 as a small-time party worker, Jayalalithaa rose to become one of the most significant contemporary politicians, besides shaping Tamil politics.
Tamil media announced her death on Tuesday, recalling her struggle for life in the past two months, as well as her struggle to stay in power in the past four decades.
Dinathanthi, a prominent local newspaper, reported about the details of her health, the surgery conducted on Monday morning after the cardiac arrest, and what followed thereafter. The newspaper also recapped the life and times of Jayalalithaa.
The paper’s editorial said the political future of the ruling AIADMK looks bleak after the death of Jayalalithaa, and that it’s prospects seem grim. The paper also takes a look at her economic legacy, especially with regard to her far-reaching social welfare schemes, and arguably her biggest legacy -- her impact on the girl child.
Dinamani went into detail about the events leading up to former chief minister Jayalalithaa’s death on Monday night, funeral arrangements, and how Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, and other leaders paid tribute to her. It also detailed the security deployed across the city, and speculated whether O Panneerselvam, who was sworn in as the next chief minister on Tuesday morning, can rise to the occasion.
Puthiya Thalaimurai Today
‘Iron Lady dies’ is how Puthiya Thalaimurai Today marked the day, talking in great deal about Jayalalithaa’s legacy, and the power she wielded -- not just in the state but at the Centre. Her death is a loss for the whole country, it said, given her power as a woman leader. The newspaper also published a timeline of her life.
Dinakaran, part of the wider Sun Network, wrote in detail about the treatment Jayalalithaa received in the more tha two months she spent at Apollo Hospital, including the health complications she faced. The entire state will be in a period of mourning for a week as it has lost its tallest leader, and the immediate political future of the party she led for two decades is now unclear, it said.