The writer is associate professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies.
The Tamil Nadu model delivers growth with equity, but is under threat from increasing centralisation of powers in the Union government and erosion of policy autonomy
Jallikattu ban gave a reason to the young to express their anger. But the cause of discontent may lie in the crisis gathering in rural Tamil Nadu — of falling farm incomes, rising costs of education, lack of jobs.
Jayalalithaa’s popularity owed to a welfare model in which the state replaced the male breadwinner.
Promised by parties in this election, prohibition may create new opportunities in Tamil Nadu — of a new economy of resource mobilisation, a new politics of distribution.