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    ...Tamil Nadu, however, bucks this trend. For a state that has recorded remarkable progress in all spheres, Tamil Nadu has ironically spawned a political culture that deifies its leaders and allows them to transgress the democratic will of the people. The people seemed comfortable with this peculiar form of governance as long as there were takeaways in the deal. The unhealthy politics of the past few months have clearly shown that people are nowhere in the scheme of things — a total contradiction of the dictum that in a democracy the government is based on the consent of the governed. A mad scramble is on to ‘govern’. Leaders in the splintered ruling AIADMK are switching loyalties by the hour, some are expelling each other, new factions are emerging, deals are being struck and, without a doubt, massive amounts of cash are changing hands. ...

    TOI on Aug. 29, 2017, 7 a.m.