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... Jayalalithaa was a larger-than-life character who dominated not just Tamil politics but, through her carefully packaged and branded welfare schemes, huge swathes of Tamil social life too. Her passing leaves a huge hole in Tamil politics whose ramifications will be felt for a considerable time to come. First and foremost, she was the heartbeat and nerve centre of the AIADMK which, alternately with the DMK, has governed the state since 1967. Secondly, whilst she played the caste card in her patronage of the Mukkulathor cluster (also called Thevars), she reached out beyond caste, appealed to a wide range of voters, particularly women, and maintained the AIADMK’s popularity. Finally, she was one of very few Tamil politicians with a national presence. ...Indian Express on Dec. 12, 2016, midnight