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A Must For [Anyone] Who Wants To Understand Tamil Nadu Politics' New Indian Express Tamil Nadu Is A State Very Different From The Rest Of India, Both Culturally And Historically. It Has Retained A Fundamentally Separate Identity For Itself In Language And Caste Structure, And This Is Most Evident In Its Politics. Cut-Outs, Caste And Cine Stars: The Word Of Tamil Politics Tells A Political Story That Has All The Elements Of A Blockbuster Film, Where Ironies And Larger-Than-Life Characters Abound: Periyar, A Kannada-Speaker, Who Introduced The Notions Of Tamil Self-Respect And Regional Pride, Yet Dismissed Tamil As 'A Barbaric Language'; The Matinee Idol Mgr, A Malayalee Born In Sri Lanka, Who Became Tamil Nadu'S Most Popular Mass Leader; The Dravidian Movement Which, By Its Own Ideology, Should Have Helped The Dalits But Has Instead Supported Only The Upwardly Mobile Middle Groups; And Parties That Rose To Power By Propagating Anti-Hindi And Anti-Brahmin Sentiments But Have Now Allied Themselves With The Bjp. It Is Fitting That This Reel-Like Scenario Is Presently Dominated By The Electoral Politics Of Karunanidhi And Jayalalithaa, One A Scriptwriter And The Other A Former Actress. Well-Known Writer And Journalist Vaasanthi Has Observed The Dramatis Personae In This Epic Drama At Close Quarters For A Decade. Now Updated With An Additional Chapter On The War Of Succession Cut-Outs, Caste And Cine Stars Offers An Objective And Insightful View Of A Political World That Is Both Fascinating And Perplexing.