Sonia Gandhi spends just 30 minutes in Kanyakumari to promote 39 candidates in Tamil Nadu. A Ganesh Nadar listens in. Kanyakumari is the southern-most district of India. Congress President Sonia Gandhi addressed a rally on Wednesday. She arrived in a helicopter from Kerala at 12.30 pm and left in 30 minutes. The crowd had filled in from 10 in the morning and sat through the event in blistering heat. A few women left mid-way as till noon there was no information of Sonia’s movements. Sonia ... Rediff.com, 4 days ago
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P Chidambaram declined to contest the Lok Sabha election, but Rediff.com's A Ganesh Nadar runs into the finance minister who is working hard to ensure an unlikely victory for his son Karti in Sivaganga, which Chidambaram has represented since 1984. The presence of heavily armed police on the road signals the presence of a political heavyweight nearby. The Karaikudi Congress office is crowded with party workers in their white shirts and veshtis. The veshti, of course, has the Congress stripes to ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Ganesh Nadar reports: Anti-nuclear activists S P Udaykumar, M P Jesuraj and M Pushparayan, are contesting on the Aam Aadmi Party tickets from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticotin respectively. Jesuraj filed his nomination from Tirunelveli today. He told rediff.com that Udaykumar and Pushparayan will follow suit. in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticotin Read more ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
A Ganesh Nadar visits the families of the two fishermen killed at sea by two Italian marines, who mistook them for pirates. On Tuesday the Supreme Court of India will hear arguments if the marines should be tried under a severe anti-piracy law or not. Don’t hang them,” is the reaction of close relatives of the two Indian fishermen allegedly shot dead by two Italian marines on February 15, 2012. The marines were on board the Italian-flagged Aframax oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie when ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
A Ganesh Nadar marvels at the grandiose state conference of the DMK, held in Tiruchirappalli over the weekend If someone from, say, Timbuktu visited Tiruchirappalli now, they’d be forgiven for thinking M Karunanidhi and his son Stalin are India’s biggest stars. Everywhere you go, huge banners with photographs of father and son greet you. The reason? The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam held its 10th Tamil Nadu state conference in Tiruchirappalli on February 15 and 16. Even the car passes, ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Rediff.com's A Ganesh Nadar points out that while the Narendra Modi rally in Tiruchirapalli levied an entry fee of Rs 10, for the DMK conference, men have to pay Rs 50 and the women RsRediff.com, 2 months ago
65,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees still live in Tamil Nadu. Rediff.com's A Ganesh Nadar discovers the challenges for the refugees to return home. When the ethnic war broke out in the Tamil-dominated parts of Sri Lanka in 1983, hundred of thousands of Tamils crossed the Palk Straits into India. A refugee camp in Mandapam awaited the Tamils fleeing the ethnic conflict. The camp was originally built to accommodate refugees fleeing Rangoon (now Yangon) in Burma (now Myanmar) ahead of the Japanese ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
A lone ranger braves the summer sun to get the party's message to voters in a small town in Tamil Nadu. Rediff.com's A Ganesh Nadar reports. There are hundreds of them in every party. They work, they toil, they grin and bear it while their leaders get the benefits. These are the backbone of every party. When J Jayalalithaa says 'En ratthathin ratthamey, en kannin oliyey, kazagathin kanmanigaley (Blood of my blood, the light of my eyes, my party' dear ones)', they go mad with joy. They sing, ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
'He takes kumkum from one old lady's plate and puts it on his forehead.' 'He then puts his hand in his pocket. The hand comes out, the fist closed. The woman opens her palm. He covers her palm with his fist. The woman closes her palm.' 'There are policemen, also a videographer from the Election Commission. There is a huge crowd all around. No one sees anything, and if someone does, no one bats an eyelid.' It has been 47 years that the Congress was pushed out of power in Tamil Nadu. After the ...Rediff.com, 20 hours ago
On the face of it, the 'Rainbow Alliance' formed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), roping in the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) looks like a formidable alliance in the caste-sensitive ...The Hindu, 1 day ago
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