A legacy has been lost- the one that cannot and will not be replicated. An inspiring tale of the iron lady who lived once upon a time, serving the masses and standing out to be their mother. Jayalalithaa, one of the greatest politicians and leaders of our country has bid us goodbye. Millions cry in anguish, mourn in hopelessness. The state of Tamil Nadu feels orphaned. Their Amma has left them forever.
Jaya was like a phoenix of Indian politics. One woman firebrand who showed her opponents what it costs to mess with her. In the times of conservatism, it wasn’t easy to rise like a lady of power. From an actress to politician, her life story was nothing short of a debate. Her personal interests were a matter of controversy for a long time. Jayalalithaa did not let the hate talkers and doubters ruin her mission to stand by the people. She became the next kingmaker of national politics.
She scaled inch by inch, fighting, hustling, like a man. She showed the ladies of three generations how to stand mighty and soar. Her life is a book of lessons to even the younger women of today. Those who feel love sick and lost can take a thing or two from her chapters of triumph and move on. Jayalalithaa ‘s life shows most of us that things are never going to be easy for women. But we are the ones who have the most impossible resilience and perseverance to work it out and win.
The CM of Tamil Nadu was a powerful woman who put the media in its place. Jaya literally fixed the press in one or two instances (read Karan Thapar). She showed them the door whenever line was crossed. She was never apologetic about her stance, when it came to people who tried to pull her down. In fact, Jaya’s unanimous victory put the opposition to shame, after all the unfortunate incidents filled with humiliation. She proved them all wrong. She sent them home, packing.
A leader of such dynamism, energy and unabashed boldness to work towards people welfare despite all the hurdles – Jayalalithaa is a bequest that cannot be recovered. Her life sets an inspiring tone to the women of India. There is so much to accomplish and so little a time. Amma has left us in body, but she remains immortal with her examples.
Rest in Peace, Oh Great Lady.