Saturday, October 03, 2009

Meet PMK Leader Dr Ramadoss – Future Nobel Laureate in Political Opportunism

This blog is written by my friend and fellow blogger Mani Ramanathan and is second in the series of four he will be writing on the double standards of the political leaders from his home state of Tamil Nadu. Here he is analyzing Dr Ramadoss – the founder and chief of PMK. Read the first part about Karunanidhi here.

He is a dreadful saga in Tamil Nadu. He has already become a legendary character in folklore of Tamil Nadu politics. He is synonymous with opportunism and hypocrisy. He has immensely contributed to transform the opportunity to serve the people into a ruthless business. He is none another than Dr. Ramadoss – founder and chief of PMK! If you 'd like to know how he has monstrously grown into a legend that he is today, please read on.

In late 80's Ramadoss forayed into political arena in TN through the inception of an association called “vanniar sangam”. He claimed that the association would fight for the development of the vanniyars living in concentration in northern districts of TN. Few years down the lane, Ramadoss converted the sangam into a full-fledged political party called “paattali makkal katchi”, better known as PMK. The very first promise or rather an oath he took at the inception of the party was that he and his family members would neither contest in elections nor assume any position in any government. He should have visibly stood out among the then ruling dravidian parties that were ridden with corruption and people should have got really impressed with him.

Fifteen years later, when UPA, the alliance that PMK was part of, won the general elections in 2004, he made a tough bargain with his allies to get the lucrative health ministry for his beloved son, Mr. Anbumani Ramadoss. Political dynasty is nothing new to the democratic India as It exists from Gandhi family to Karunanidhi family. For that matter, dynasty could generally thrive in multiple generations in any profession as long as it sustains to be powerful and lucrative. Politics is unfortunately undertaken as a lucrative profession not only in India but also in any other developing country. Coming back to the point, Mr. Ramadoss stands out poorly because of how abruptly he changed his stand from his strong opposition against dynasty in politics as well as how blatantly he handled the issue with the public. He replied to the media which questioned his change in stand, that he chose his son for the ministry over other deserving party cadres only due to the will and wish of the same party men!

Ramadoss also gets a dubious credit for rewriting the rules of engagement in a political alliance. He has changed his alliance five times in as many elections in the last decade! None could form so many different alliances on the basis of principles in such a short period unless other parties were changing their principles as often! He formed an alliance with ADMK in a BJP-led front in 1998, then switched to form an ally with DMK in a BJP-led front in 1999, then switched again back to contest with ADMK in 2001, then switched again to be an ally with DMK in 2004 and now switched again back to form an alliance with ADMK in the current election. In the mean time, he has grown from winning zero seats to six MP seats in ten years. He changes his position as quick as a day trader does in a fast-moving stock market! All he pursues is nothing but aggressive growth and an enormous wealth.

The way Ramadoss takes up an issue out of nowhere is highly dramatic and totally memoryless. Once Mr. Ramadoss urged publicly the acting legend Kamalahasan to change the title of the then in-production “Mumbai Express” because the title was not in Tamil and threatened that the actor would otherwise face a state-level agitation by his party men. He apparently claimed he was the savior of Tamil language and won't let thereafter any movie to release with a non-tamil title. There are people like Karunanidhi fighting for the protection of Tamil for decades. Mr. Karunanidhi has done something towards the cause as well, no matter how constructive it is. But Mr. Ramadoss had never done anything significant towards developing the language before. People got so disgusted at his cheap populism. He had made so many moves in the past as dramatic and disgusting as this. The list would be endless. The way he is taking up the issue of Srilankan tamils in the ongoing election is no different.

Despite having enjoyed the cabinet position in UPA government till the very last moment of his announcement about the change of alliance for the forthcoming election, he has come up with so many accusations about the congress government and his former ally DMK in the past few weeks. He shamelessly questions why DMK did not quit the congress government for the cause of Srilankan tamils! People who read this at first might think he was never part of the UPA government. He projects him the prophet of tamils while accusing his allies of yesterday the biggest enemies of them. He goes on further by challenging DMK to withdraw from contesting in the current election in order to show their support for Srilankan tamils. He is probably beyond the scope of any definition; he is probably too great to prove a point to any one; he is probably too futuristic to understand today; his objective is probably too sublime to question the path he now undertakes! Let us hope so!

Here is a video of Dr Ramadoss addressing a joint press conference this April just before Lok Sabha election with former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalitha where he is praising her like anything even addressing her as “anbu sahodari” meaning “beloved sister”.

It took just 6 months for Ramadoss to abandon his “anbu sahodari”. PMK has officially decided to break alliance with AIADMK. Don't be surprised in few weeks (or even days) time this man may be singing praise of K Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Shameless Creature - That is all I can say about this guy

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Blogger scorpiogenius said...

Whew! some legend he is..There seem to be a gruelling competition going on for ' who is the most shameless of the lot'.

I have a nomination, and you all may probably agree with me: Karunakaranji, though he is of a totally different breed.

May 03, 2009 12:13 PM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

I was expecting a post on JJ - the other most important character in TN politics than this guy.

May 04, 2009 12:37 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...


Hey Karunakaran is far better than Ramadoss and I dont think there is no way you can compare both.

That is going to be the next one from Mani - one about JJ.

May 04, 2009 12:41 AM  
Blogger Prasanna said...

The very fact that both admk and dmk have welcomed pmk with open arms irrespective of whatever happened earlier, shows that jumping ships or switching alliances are nothing new in TN politics.

With minor changes to ur article, u can easily replace ramdoss's name with any politician and it would still make sense. :)

May 04, 2009 7:41 AM  
Anonymous sanjay said...

well, karunakaran's life goes on to prove that every father shall stoop to any lows for their children. in that way, karunakaran and ramadoss are on the same plank. then again, ramadoss has not mercilessly killed off people during the emergency period. the souls of those who were killed shall haunt karunakaran until his grave. The curse of the brahmin, eechara vaaryar has come in the form of Muraleedharan, son of Karunakaran.

October 08, 2009 6:16 AM  
Blogger thiru said...

I heard this information while was in India that the ruling party was really thinking to dig into 1000s of acre of land acquired near Dindivanam, in the name of "Vaniyar trust". This apparently belong to Ramadoss which are worth crores. In order to save these property he has to come out of the aliance. DMK has always used this strategy of pulling opposition out of their stands by threatening to acquire their wealth. Soon, oneday they will in the other side of the table trying to protect their assets, since none of the politicians have real source of income to show how they acquired so much wealth in very short period of time.

October 09, 2009 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one has a large following in TN and can still win elections in his area.He knows his limits(areas where he can win) and will not play outside that.Pity that masses still follow him blindly.
And for Mani Ramanathan and Brijesh: be very careful when you write about Politicians of TN openly,there can be repercussions unlike writing about the politicians in Kerala.There may be scores of berserk annachi's who don't take it easy if their leaders are targeted.

October 16, 2009 4:32 AM  
Blogger prabhu said...

to me he is the greatest leader india has seen after jaya prakash narayanan. He is the only leader who has not contested a election and has promised tat his feet will never touch assembly. he is only leader who never celebrates his birthday while local body functionaries do.

he is champion of social justice in india.Though i dont belong to his community, i appreciate him because he created the most backward class in tamil nadu which helps more than 100 back ward castes including his own caste.he was impriosoned more than 20 times i think.

he is the only leader who fights against alcohol

i could see the venom in the words of the writer, i think the author is hard core poisonous brahmin

April 30, 2010 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Adi said...

If you really want to give Nobel Price for Opportunism in politics, don't come to a conclusion immediately. Dr.Ramdoss has not achieved anything as what Mr.Karunanidhi,Ms.Jayalalitha and BJP & Congress in Center has achieved in the past.
Whatever category you consider, he will fall short of eligibility comparing others in terms of Opportunism, selfishness,family politics,communal politics, fanaticism,betrayal,switching alliance.

October 07, 2010 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Ramadoss fucked your family women??? why the fuck you write like this???

You are the shameless creature on this earth....

First read the history of other parties and how many times they stayed with the same alliance........


November 10, 2010 3:00 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Anon @ 8 AM
the way you wrote the comment itself shows your standard... may be you got it from the great leader you admire.. I dont want to waste time talking to people who use don't even have decency to write in good English

November 10, 2010 6:17 PM  
Anonymous E.R.V.ELANGOVAN VANNIYAR said...

Dr.Ramdoss Aiya avargal caste arasiyal panravarnu solbavargal THARKURIGAL.avaraipatri theriyadhavargal pesum poi piracharam. Thandhai Periyaruku piragu unmaiyana Thamizh Inaporali Aiya dhan. Samooga needhikkagavum,ezhaimakalin kalvi,sugadharam,velaivaipugagavum,VIVASAYIGALUKKAGAVUM padupadugira unmaiyana thalaivar makkal kavalar Maruthuvar Ramdoss Aiya dhan by E.R.V.ELANGOVAN VANNIYAR

January 20, 2012 4:12 AM  

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