The Glorious Afterlife of J Jayalalithaa

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The Glorious Afterlife of J Jayalalithaa

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré

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ayalalithaa, Amma, Puratchi Thalaivi. It’s been a year since the demise of the woman who came to sit at the confluence of every conduit of power in Tamil Nadu over the course of a reign lasting beyond two decades. It’s been a year since the attention of most of India — and all of Tamil Nadu — was fixed on Apollo Hospital in Chennai. A year since a messy power tussle to succeed Amma began.

And yet, Jayalalithaa’s spell has not faded. If anything, it has only been burnished to a glow.

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