All stories by R Ramasubramanian
Is Sasikala the next Amma?Rediff.com8 Dec 2016
In the post Jayalalithaa Tamil Nadu, Sasikala is the person to be watched in the coming days, weeks and months, writes R Ramasubramanian.
Will Jayalalithaa's exit open the door for BJP?Rediff.com6 Dec 2016
Post-Jayalalithaa AIADMK cannot take on the Narendra Modi dispensation like their late charismatic leader did it on several occasions in the past, says R Ramasubramanian.
More than murder, a public discourse most foulRediff.com20 Jul 2016
The public discourse surrounding the murder of Infosys techie Swathi begs for sanity. Sadly, there are no takers for it in Tamil Nadu as conspiracy theories -- some communally explosive -- keep cropping up. R Ramasubramanian reports.
'The situation in Sri Lanka is not alarming for refugees to return'Rediff.com23 Jun 2016
In a conversation with R Ramasubramanian, Xavier said, "My documentary attempts to find answers to those frequently asked questions from Tamil refugees who are still in India."
'Militarisation is a problem in the Tamil areas in Lanka'Rediff.com25 May 2016
Sherine Xavier, a Sri Lankan Tamil filmmaker from Canada, is happy. After months of struggle with the Indian censor board, she has finally obtained approval to screen her film Muttrupullia?, which deals with the post-war situation in Sri Lanka's Tamil areas.
DMK at crossroads, can Stalin take it forward?Rediff.com19 May 2016
Ageing leadership, reckless family-oriented politics, absence of inner-party democracy, lack of debate on core issues within the party are all taking a very heavy toll on the original Dravidian party, says R Ramasubramanian.
Why bishops' support to DMK alliance is not a good thing for TNRediff.com5 May 2016
The Tamil Nadu Bishops Council's decision to support the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-Congress alliance in the upcoming elections will vitiate the political atmosphere in the state, reports R Ramasubramanian.
Prohibition returns in TN's election season but it won't be easy to doRediff.com14 Apr 2016
'Both the AIADMK and DMK are promising prohibition, but where is the road map? Jayalalithaa is not giving a blueprint for her phased prohibition and Karunanidhi is not talking about a draft bill for the same. This is nothing but empty election rhetoric.'
Is Tamil Nadu the new epicentre for honour killings?Rediff.com15 Mar 2016
Caste-based violence is on the rise in Tamil Nadu, but the state government stays in denial, says R Ramasubramanian
Numbers favour Jaya as Vijayakanth decides to go it alone in TN pollsRediff.com11 Mar 2016
With Vijayakanth rebuffing both the DMK and the BJP Tamil Nadu will witness a six-cornered fight, which can only benefit Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, says R Ramasubramanian.
How BJP succeeded in driving Vijayakanth to the DMKRediff.com2 Mar 2016
With the DMK formalising its alliance with the Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League, and the AIADMK not allowing the BJP anywhere near it, if the DMDK too goes with the DMK then the only option left for the BJP is to explore going with the PMK. In that case it has to endorse Dr Ramadoss as its chief minister candidate, says R Ramasubramanian.
Modi visit fails to cure clueless BJP's anxieties in TNRediff.com4 Feb 2016
Strategy or confusion? The Tamil Nadu BJP has many reasons to feel let down by Prime Minister Modi's whistlestop tour to the state on Tuesday, says R Ramasubramanian.
Tamil parties pin their hopes on ordinance to bring jallikattu backRediff.com13 Jan 2016
With the Supreme Court reinforcing its stay on jallikattu, the state BJP hopes it can persuade its party leadership to bring in an ordinance. But this is a path filled with risk, reports R Ramasubramanian.
BJP on horns of a dilemma over allowing jallikattuRediff.com6 Jan 2016
It's election season in Tamil Nadu and all political parties are tying themselves in knots over the banned jallikattu but none more than the BJP, says R Ramasubramanian.
Dattu's retirement puts focus on fate of Rajiv killersRediff.com23 Nov 2015
Whichever way the verdict goes, it will be a win-win for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa ahead of the assembly election next year. A favourable verdict, it will be a boost for her because she took the decision to release the convicts. She will once again try to usurp the Tamil card and use it to silence her political rivals. If the verdict goes against her, she can still claim the moral high ground. R Ramasubramanian explains.
Chennai was lucky to get off lightly in this rain, not so the next timeRediff.com19 Nov 2015
Why did Chennai go under in the recent rains? R Ramasubramanian paints a familiar picture of dismal urban town planning, civic short-sightedness, and rampant development that caused the recent nightmare.
Why Vaiko is a loner in Tamil Nadu politics todayRediff.com23 Sep 2015
Vaiko's stock dwindles as the DMK's poaching of his cadre continues unabated. R Ramasubramanian reports from Chennai.
'Whether we like it or not, we live in troubled times'Rediff.com1 Sep 2015
'A small spark can create a volcano. Authors should keep this in mind.' R Ramasubramanian reports on the Tamil Nadu government's ban on two books written by Dalit writers.
'Whether we like it or now, we live in troubled times'Rediff.com1 Sep 2015
Chennai media knew Jaya's health was not fine but kept mumRediff.com11 Jul 2015
The 4 options before Supreme Court in Jaya caseRediff.com23 Jun 2015
The clue to the what lies ahead for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, following the Karnataka government appealing in the Supreme Court her acquittal in a disproportionate assets case, may lie in a 2001 court case, writes R Ramasubramanian.
Will a 14-year-old verdict come back to haunt Jaya?Rediff.com23 Jun 2015
Marans' luck runs out, can they bounce back still?Rediff.com8 Jun 2015
With the home ministry rejecting the renewal of broadcast licences to Sun group, is it end of the road for Maran brothers? R Ramasubramanian reports from Chennai.
Jayalalithaa is back as CM, the question is for how longRediff.com23 May 2015
Even as an enthused AIADMK cadre celebrate their Amma's return, if the Supreme Court stays the Karnataka high court judgment in the disproportionate assets case, Jayalalithaa may once again lose her chief ministership. R Ramasubramanian reports from Chennai.
Jaya verdict forces Opposition to prioritise enemiesRediff.com11 May 2015
A shell shocked opposition are finding it difficult to come to grips with the verdict in the disproportionate assets corruption case against Jayalalithaa.
Why are Tamil Nadu government employees committing suicide?Rediff.com7 May 2015
Constant harassment and pressure to accept bribes has left employees of the Tamil Nadu administration disillusioned, reports R Ramasubramanian from Chennai.
Transgenders ecstatic after RS vote, hope Section 377 will go tooRediff.com27 Apr 2015
The transgender community in Tamil Nadu hopes the bill, once it becomes law, will give them a dignified status and make more private sector jobs available to them. Ramasubramanian reports from Chennai
Why AIADMK is in a catch-22 situationRediff.com27 Mar 2015
The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu doesn't really want to antagonize Karnataka in any way that could have any sort of bearing on the case against party chief Jayalalithaa. However, it is under pressure back home over backing a farmers' bandh call against check dams being proposed by the neighbouring state.
AAP flexes its muscles in TN but its fights are directionlessRediff.com24 Mar 2015
Without a strong regional leadership the Aam Aadmi Party in Tamil Nadu may end up as just another political party in the statem says R. Ramasubramanian
Why Jaya has not stepped out of her house for five monthsRediff.com18 Mar 2015
Five months since her conviction by a Karnataka court and being forced to step down as Tamil Nadu CM, Jayalalithaa has not been out of her house. However, she continues to run the Tamil Nadu government with the help of a few retired bureaucrats reports R Ramasubramanian.