Many people are talking about a vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics after Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi. These arch rivals were fighting hard to gain power for the past 25 years and these two managed to outshine each other at regular intervals. It was a battle between a poet and an actress and, this rivalry had a strong impact on the lives of the common people in both bad and good ways.
Can we expect a vacuum after these two? Jayalalitha passed away recently and Karunanidhi is struggling with his deteriorating health. It is a reality that these two people are not going to be in the limelight anymore. When tallest leaders recede, people always start talking about permanent vacuum and they often feel that these leaders are simply irreplaceable. This popular psychology does not carry enough weight because history has shown time again that the emergence of a new leader fills this vacuum sooner or later.
In 1987, Tamil Nadu lost its tallest son, MG Ramachandran popularly known as MGR. Everybody thought about a big vacuum and for many; there was no one like MGR. He was a demigod in eyes of the Tamil people. What happened after his death? Jayalalitha emerged as the new leader and she became even more popular than MGR. Quite similarly, someone else will emerge in due course of time after Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi to guide the Tamil politics.
After Karunanidhi, everybody knows that his son Stalin is going to take over. In fact; he has taken over and this man is ruling the DMK party now. After Jayalalitha, someone else is going to take over the AIDMK mantle sooner or later. Only time can tell who is the king or queen in making.