hy did Dayanidhi Maran have to quit from the Union cabinet after the Tamil daily Dinakaran
, owned by his brother Kalanidhi, published an opinion poll showing M.K. Stalin had 70 per cent popularity rating as Karunanidhi's political heir? The DMK chief had warned his grand-nephew not publish the findings which also showed that Stalin's brother Azhagiri and half- sister Kanimozhi polled only 2 per cent votes each. But the Marans went ahead with the intention of fomenting trouble between the DMK chief's sons and daughter.
After all, two months before, on March 1, Dinakaran had carried an impish news item with the headline A Monkey's Birthday on the day of Stalin's 55th birthday. The implication was that Stalin—a grandfather now despite continuing to head the DMK's youth wing—shared his birthday with a chimpanzee in a San Diego zoo, which too had grandchildren. Ironically, in the same edition the DMK cadre had issued half a dozen advertisements praising Stalin. Sun's newspapers and TV channels regularly got a lot of...