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Amma (Jayalalithaa's Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen)

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Amma (Jayalalithaa's Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen)

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Item Code: NAP415
Author: Vaasanthi
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9788193284148
Pages: 180
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch
weight of the book: 150 gms
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Meticulously researched chapter after chapter, vasanthi constructs a storyline that gives the reader a picture of a tender woman repeatedly punctured by acts of betrayal and humiliation : The Hindu

‘An objective rigous and textured view of Amma’ The Wire

Jayalalitha’s journey from gloamour girt of Tamil Films to political queen is the dramatic story of a woman who has risen again and again from humiliation , imprisonment and political defeat. Challenging the male dominated culture of Tamil Nadu politics to become four-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu.


She is enigmatic. She is imperious. She is adored and she is feared . She is deified by her admirers and reviled by her opponents. When she’s up in the sky in her helicopter her devotes fall on the ground and prostrate , just as they would in her presence. She stands apart, unreal and gigantic , just like those cut-out hoardings that her party workers have erected along the streets of Tamil Nadu.

During her election campaigns, crowds throng to see her, waiting for hours under the scorching sun, thirsty and hungry to her speak from a faraway canopied dais where she sits regally, resplendent in her green sari, fanned by air coolers. They voted her to power four times and she in return showered on them her numerous welfare schemes all of them carrying her name ‘Amma’ is written on when every household article the grinder, the mixie the rice bag, the laptop , the cycle and the water bottles . Even the goats and cows are gifts from her. Love her or hate her, Amma looms large the lives of the people of Tamil Nadu.

The transformation of J – Jayalalithaa from a glamour queen to a formidable politics is one of the most extraordinary stories of India Politics. Its story that needs , to be told, all the more so because it is also the story of how a woman transforms herself to survive and then become all-powerful in a male –dominated society.


Acknowledgements ix
Preface xiii
Ammu 1
Lonely Childhood 4
Star Is Born 14
Her Hero MGR 24
Political Debut 34
Upheaval 44
Punishing Treatment 49
After MGR 56
Strength to Strength 62
Creating History 70
Madam Chief Minister 75
The Woman Who Knew Too Much 82
The Writing on the Wall 87
The Big Fat Wedding 93
Political Vendetta 101
The Wounded Tigress 108
Back in the Ring 116
Casting a Spell on Destiny 120
Appeasing the Gods 126
Vengeance 131
The Comeback 135
Defeat, Not Destruction 140
The DMK Strikes Back 145
Now or Never 151
The Mother Figure 155
Will the Stars Protect Her? 165
A Note on the Author 175

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