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N Sathiya Moorthy

N Sathiya Moorthy, veteran journalist and political analyst, is Distinguished Fellow and Head-Chennai Initiative of Observer Research Foundation. You can e-mail the author at sathiyam54@gmail.com

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Why Sasikala factor won't matter in TN polls next year

Why Sasikala factor won't matter in TN polls next year

Rediff.com6 days ago

Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu are centred on chief ministerial candidates of rival parties. When Sasikala cannot contest even a panchayat election for six years after her release, even if she were to have sympathetic backers even among apolitical voters, she does not have any 'transferrable vote-bank' even otherwise for a chief minister candidate of her choice, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Neighbours challenge political Hindutva's Ram agenda

Neighbours challenge political Hindutva's Ram agenda

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

Indian claims to the Ram story and ownership could be challenged from more places than one, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Will caste and NEET become poll issues again in TN?

Will caste and NEET become poll issues again in TN?

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

Once the Covid crisis subsides in the state, the NEET exam this year, whether conducted or cancelled, could become an electoral issue next year, along with the BC-MBC reservations issue, especially the 'creamy layer' aspect, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Why postal vote for those over 65 should be opposed

Why postal vote for those over 65 should be opposed

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

In a country where 'booth-capturing' and open intimidation of voters used to be a part of the poll processes until not very long ago -- and remains a factor even now - postal vote can challenge the very credibility of the electoral process as a whole, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Amid China and Covid-19 let's not forget the migrants

Amid China and Covid-19 let's not forget the migrants

Rediff.com29 Jun 2020

If solutions are not found, adequately and in good time, things could simply slip out of everyone's hands, warns N Sathiya Moorthy.

Which actor's films foresaw virus and locust attacks?

Which actor's films foresaw virus and locust attacks?

Rediff.com1 Jun 2020

Tamil star Suriya's 7aum Arivu was about a virus from China sent to Chennai to wreak havoc while Kaappan was about a locust attack the hero prevents in time -- both films in a sense foresaw what was to come, observes N Sathiya Moorthy.

TN's EPS woos investments amid Covid, but is the environment friendly?

TN's EPS woos investments amid Covid, but is the environment friendly?

Rediff.com29 May 2020

In the midst of huge job losses as a fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has signed 17 MoUs for an investment of Rs 15,100 crores that aim to provide 47,100 jobs. But a clearer picture on where the projects stand will emerge only after the Covid-19 induced fear psychosis ends, to see if popular protests will derail them like they have done so many others, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Why BJP snagging Duraisamy from DMK is not a big thing

Why BJP snagging Duraisamy from DMK is not a big thing

Rediff.com23 May 2020

V P Duraisamy's exit will in no way upset the poll scene in western Tamil Nadu, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Modi or Trump, who was wiser over the lockdown?

Modi or Trump, who was wiser over the lockdown?

Rediff.com14 May 2020

Could the Centre and the prime minister have achieved more than what they did on curbing the endemic spread through more of the Modi outreach, given his credibility and unchallenged ability to communicate with the masses, asks N Sathiya Moorthy.

Covid 19 crisis is cut out for Modi to prove himself

Covid 19 crisis is cut out for Modi to prove himself

Rediff.com26 Mar 2020

Possibly for the first time since Prime Minister Indira Gandhi called upon the nation to donate/sacrifice for the 'Bangladesh war' efforts, and also suffer blackout at nights with patience and pride, has the nation reacted so very positively to the government's diktat, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Rajini wants to be king-maker, not king

Rajini wants to be king-maker, not king

Rediff.com12 Mar 2020

Truth be acknowledged, Rajinikanth is not known for wanting to leave his comfort zone to take the politico-electoral plunge, even if it meant his becoming the chief minister of a state that has conferred Tamil cinema's superstardom on him over the past 25 years. Today, his fans belong to the younger generation all right, but their numbers are far fewer than their counterparts in the '90s. They are not devoid of personal ambitions and agendas, unlike what Rajinikanh wants them to be, if he and they were to enter politics, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Who after Anbazhagan in DMK?

Who after Anbazhagan in DMK?

Rediff.com9 Mar 2020

The front-runner of course is party treasurer and long-serving party legislator, S Duraimurugan. A Vanniar by caste from the rival PMK-strong northern belt, Duraimurugan makes up for his weak political grounding through his debating skills in the assembly, and witty repartee, both inside and outside. Apart from caste and regional representation, personal loyalty to the leader would count even more -- but there is no death of loyal and competent candidates in the party for the post, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Has government got its human rights lessons, right?

Has government got its human rights lessons, right?

Rediff.com6 Mar 2020

'Today, if the international community is seeking space, if not place, here, then the message is not unclear in any which way. 'It does not reflect well on the nation's standing in the international arena, where human rights issues go a long way in building bilateral relations and benefiting from international cooperation, more than any aspect of politics and diplomacy,' N Sathiya Moorthy.

With Cauvery delta law EPS takes battle to DMK citadel

With Cauvery delta law EPS takes battle to DMK citadel

Rediff.com4 Mar 2020

By getting the Tamil Nadu assembly to act on his very imaginative public declaration to keep petro-chemical industries out of the Cauvery delta, which has traditionally been a DMK stronghold, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has not only set the ball rolling for the assembly elections due a year later but also sent out a strong message to the BJP government at the Centre, which took a unilateral decision to exempt petro-complexes from environmental clearance, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Post-Delhi rout Modi-Shah have 3 options before them

Post-Delhi rout Modi-Shah have 3 options before them

Rediff.com18 Feb 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah will soon get around to reworking their organisational set-up and administrative priorities to regain lost ground in the wake of the Delhi electoral debacle, but there's third course available to them as well. That is to introduce the presidential form of government, which prime ministers Indira Gandhi and A B Vajpayee flirted with before abandoning it. Will Modi go further than them? N Sathiya Moorthy analyses the scenario.

Pro-CAA remark puts Rajini in BJP's court

Pro-CAA remark puts Rajini in BJP's court

Rediff.com7 Feb 2020

While critics and protestors have multifarious arguments to offer, the defence of CAA has been uni-dimensional and uni-focussed as has been the case with most policies of the Modi government and the political positions of his party. But to be drawn into an issue that has assumed more than local and national dimensions, Rajini has knowingly or otherwise, taken the plunge and in favour of the BJP -- or, so it has come to be seen, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Why Rajini's 'Periyar row' is not a vote-catcher

Why Rajini's 'Periyar row' is not a vote-catcher

Rediff.com22 Jan 2020

If the Congress lost in Tamil Nadu in 1967, never to return, or the DMK and the AIADMK have kept their place in power and electoral politics since then, it owes not to their love or hatred for gods or for one religion over another. Instead, they had always been linked to performance and incumbency/anti-incumbency factors. There may be something in such constructs for Rajini's strategic team to consider, especially if the superstar is to enter direct politics by around this time next year. But then, they would need to brush up their homework more than at present, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Stalin buries hatchet with TN Congress, but for how long?

Stalin buries hatchet with TN Congress, but for how long?

Rediff.com20 Jan 2020

The truce, even if it is not permanence peace, will come under stress and test during the pending polls to rural local bodies in nine revenue districts and urban polls across the state, including those for 16 municipal corporations, starting with Chennai, the oldest and largest, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

AIADMK falls to anti-CAA sentiment in TN local polls

AIADMK falls to anti-CAA sentiment in TN local polls

Rediff.com3 Jan 2020

Will the AIADMK acknowledge the role of CAA and the anti-CAA protests, both inside the state and outside, as among the causes for the current electoral reversal, as many in the party now want? It is unlikely to be so, but then the pressure will increase on the leadership to reassess the BJP alliance at one level and the 'blind support' for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial policies on the other, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Can India trust Gota and the Rajapaksas?

Can India trust Gota and the Rajapaksas?

Rediff.com5 Dec 2019

New Delhi is approaching Gota with an open mind, observes N Sathiya Moorthy.

Bypolls won, AIADMK may pad up for local body polls

Bypolls won, AIADMK may pad up for local body polls

Rediff.com25 Oct 2019

But the question before the leadership will be whether to retain the BJP alliance or dump it, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

AIADMK cadres are wary about Modi-Xi show

AIADMK cadres are wary about Modi-Xi show

Rediff.com19 Sep 2019

'To them, the day may not be far off when the state BJP starts claiming and propagating that Modi is next only to AIADMK's late boss Jayalalithaa,' says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Will NIA, instant talaq laws impact Vellore poll outcome?

Will NIA, instant talaq laws impact Vellore poll outcome?

Rediff.com31 Jul 2019

'It may take the AIADMK much more convincing than already, not only to try and bring around even the one-time Muslim voters of the party. 'More importantly, the party leadership may find it even more difficult to convince traditional party voters and cadres, who had admired Jaya's nonchalance to the party and leader ruling the Centre,' says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Why Yeddy may not be BJP's best bet in Karnataka

Why Yeddy may not be BJP's best bet in Karnataka

Rediff.com26 Jul 2019

In true Karnataka political style, which cuts across parties and loyalties, any reinstatement of Yeddiyurappa, even with adequate legislative majority, could trigger rebellion from within, which could embarrass the Modi-Shah duo than any other development elsewhere in the country, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

A schizo polity called Tamil Nadu

A schizo polity called Tamil Nadu

Rediff.com11 Jun 2019

Why did such a 'socially conscientious' people adapt to cash-for-votes and the like, as fish to water? N Sathiya Moorthy offers an explanation.

Why the 'pro-Hindi' lobby in Tamil Nadu has got it wrong

Why the 'pro-Hindi' lobby in Tamil Nadu has got it wrong

Rediff.com5 Jun 2019

Flowing from an inadequate understanding of Tamil history and politics is an urban elitist mindset that does not seem to be able to touch and feel the real angst of the larger Tamil-speaking masses, cutting across the social and economic status of the individual, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Modi's election 2019 is a repeat of Indira's in 1971

Modi's election 2019 is a repeat of Indira's in 1971

Rediff.com29 May 2019

Allegations of strains on democratic and constitutional institutions across the board, security threats from outside, a greedy Opposition inside, were all a part of the package then as now, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Elections reaffirm TN as a Dravidian fort

Elections reaffirm TN as a Dravidian fort

Rediff.com25 May 2019

With DMK's M K Stalin coming into his own, and the rival AIADMK too leaving no space for third parties, Tamil Nadu will remain a Dravidian stronghold for a long time, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Why BJP and AIADMK got swept away in TN

Why BJP and AIADMK got swept away in TN

Rediff.com24 May 2019

The DMK combine has won 37 of the 38 LS constituencies in Tamil Nadu, and bagged 13 of the 22 assembly bypolls. What swept away the AIADMK-BJP alliance in the southern state was not dravidian ideology but job loss and graft bias, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

EPS may have nothing much to fear from assembly by-poll results

EPS may have nothing much to fear from assembly by-poll results

Rediff.com22 May 2019

Should the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu not make the required five out of 22 by-election seats, or even otherwise, the temptation to poach, especially from the Congress or starting with the Congress may be high on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami's agenda, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Why Kamal Haasan made the Godse remark now

Why Kamal Haasan made the Godse remark now

Rediff.com15 May 2019

'The Godse controversy may have helped Kamal Haasan reach out to a larger audience, both inside the state and outside, coming as it does when the main campaign for elections 19 is over and only those in the four assembly bypoll constituencies are drudging along,' says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Ahead of bypolls and results, AIADMK displays unusual nerves

Ahead of bypolls and results, AIADMK displays unusual nerves

Rediff.com3 May 2019

The ruling party's decision to serve 'disqualification' notice to three party MLAs when polling for four more assembly by-elections are due for May 19 may have been taken to keep the flock together post-results, rather than seek to lose more than already, but it has sent out alarming signals in a state ruled till recently by an Iron Lady, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

10 days after Sri Lanka's Easter blasts, questions remain

10 days after Sri Lanka's Easter blasts, questions remain

Rediff.com1 May 2019

Even as the polity find ways and means to address the genuine concerns and fears of the society, the Sri Lankan State apparatus would have to unravel these mystery-questions with convincing answers, and a road-map to the future, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Will winner take all in Tamil Nadu?

Will winner take all in Tamil Nadu?

Rediff.com17 Apr 2019

With election campaign ending in Tamil Nadu before it goes to polls on Thursday, N Sathiya Moorthy lists a few questions uppermost in the minds of voters.

Why Hindutva vote is unable to grow in TN

Why Hindutva vote is unable to grow in TN

Rediff.com8 Apr 2019

In a state where Hindu social identity continues to remain in the overarching Dravida umbrella, the 'Hindutva' political identity does not have the same, or even near-similar electoral purchase, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Stalin wages lone battle against Oppn full blast

Stalin wages lone battle against Oppn full blast

Rediff.com1 Apr 2019

The DMK has Stalin and Stalin alone as the key campaigner. The rest of them all, including half-sister Kanimozhi, are tied down to their own constituencies while those like party treasurer and former minister S Duraimurugan, to those of their children's constituencies.

Hardly a drop to drink, but water not a poll issue for Dravidian majors

Hardly a drop to drink, but water not a poll issue for Dravidian majors

Rediff.com26 Mar 2019

At first look, the reader would be aghast at the similarities in the DMK and AIADMK's manifestos, wondering if the same hand had drafted both. Yet, when it comes to drinking water and irrigation supplies, both parties are equally silent on the subject -- as if summer did not exist, as didn't water scarcity, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Modi needs to remember negativism doesn't sell

Modi needs to remember negativism doesn't sell

Rediff.com19 Mar 2019

BJP strategists need to remember even at this late hour that 'negativism' sells when you are in the Opposition as the Indian voter has mostly voted anti-incumbency, and not when you are in power. You still needed to highlight your achievements and promises, and let the voter draw his conclusions, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Was Vijaykanth the villain who stole Modi's thunder in TN?

Was Vijaykanth the villain who stole Modi's thunder in TN?

Rediff.com7 Mar 2019

If Vijaykanth and his party stole the media thunder, which lingered in the viewers' mind even while watching Prime Minister Modi's thunderous campaign speech, the latter suffered also owing to visible 'disconnects', says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Cong has more pro-minority votes to offer DMK this time

Cong has more pro-minority votes to offer DMK this time

Rediff.com21 Feb 2019

However, the tilting factor still remains: Can the rivalling 'Modi brand' of 'soft Hindutva' and 'hard-sell nationalism' garner more votes for the NDA in Tamil Nadu, asks N Sathiya Moorthy.

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