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Bring Out The Coffee Dawaras

Is Jayalalitha making a pitch for prime minister this time? Take the party’s slogan ‘Tamil prathamar aagavendum...

Bring Out The Coffee Dawaras
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Bring Out The Coffee Dawaras
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The Heat Is On

At about 40 degrees Celsius and 80 per cent humidity just past noon, there isn’t a single spot of shade in the entire rally ground in the town of Namakkal. People are passing out. In stark contrast, the leaders we are tracking, in this case, Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalitha, barely feel the temperature: alighting from helicopters, they are driven up to the stage, where two massive pillar airconditioners keep the heat  at bay. One has to wonder if the Election Commission, which comes up with enough reasons—from school exams to harvest season—to insist that general elections be held over a two-month period in April and May, has any idea what the gruelling schedule means for the electorate and its representatives. I wonder why the EC doesn’t legislate rally timings better. Instead of  allowing rallies in the peak hours of the sun and ordering loudspeakers shut off at 10 pm when it is relatively cooler, shouldn’t they do it the other way around? Or maybe the politicians should let people watch their speeches...

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