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Jayalalithaa: The Egotistical State Plunderer but ‘Beloved Leader’ is Finally Dead!

Jewels worth crores were found in the Reserve Bank of India vault by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) of the Tamil Nadu Police in December 1996.  Even the RBI’s official vaults had become Jayalalitha’s storage space for the loot that she had accumulated.  A woman who has been known as the first Tamil actress to wear a sleeveless blouse and sing under a waterfall – a rare hot performance for movies in that region in those times.  That lady – Jayalalitha – who plundered her own people to live a life of decadent wealth is now dead.  And thankfully so, keeping in mind the future of one of most important states in India.

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Jayalalitha in 1969 Hindi movie, Izzat, where she starred with Dharmendra
Jayalalitha in 1969 Hindi movie, Izzat, where she starred with Dharmendra

After her 5 year tenure from 1991-996, a case was filed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy against Jayalalitha for corruption and disproportionate accumulation of assets now known as “Disproportionate Assets case against Jayalalitha“.  In those 5 years, this woman had accumulated:

  • farm houses and bungalows in Chennai
  • agricultural land in Tamil Nadu
  • a farm house in Hyderabad
  • a tea estate in the Nilgiris
  • fleet of luxury cars (which included Bentleys, Audis, Range Rovers – check out the video below)
  • valuable jewelry, industrial sheds, cash deposits and investments in banks

When a team of investigators raided her Poes garden home they found the following:

  • 800 kg (1,800 lb) silver
  • 28 kg (62 lb) gold
  • 750 pairs of shoes
  • 10,500 sarees
  • 91 watches

Here is a look at her collection of cars:

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Building Amma Brand via Freebies paid by Taxpayer

Such was the ego-trip of this woman that she used the taxpayer money to create subsidized and free services to people all in order to build her brand.  No matter was being built by whichever company, it was carrying the brand – Amma!

From Amma Unavagam (canteen) to Amma Salt to Amma water, laptops, mobiles, fans and grinders and many other things – almost everything was sold by this woman’s sycophants in her name to profit politically and economically.

If there is a playbook on how to build your brand for free amongst those whom you loot, then Jayalalitha had perfected that!

Cost to exchequer:

  • Amma Canteens: Rs 25 cr
  • Amma Pharmacies: Rs 20 cr
  • Amma Seeds: Rs 156 cr
  • Amma Theaters: No estimates
  • Amudam (Groceries): Rs 37.2 cr
  • Amma job Training: Rs 32.5 cr
  • Amma Cement: not estimated

With this level of loot that went on in her name and by her to live a life that was decidedly very different from one that was shown in public, why should one mourn the loss of such a life anyways?

For those who wonder what she was doing before she looted the people of Tamil Nadu, here is a video from her movie Izzat with Dharmendra and some of her pictures from those days as an actress.

 

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7 thoughts on “Jayalalithaa: The Egotistical State Plunderer but ‘Beloved Leader’ is Finally Dead!”

  1. There is a strong bond between J Jayalalitha and her supporters. This cannot be explained any other way. They call her amma – mother. Looking at distraught faces of her supporters, one cannot but feel for their pain. What brings such a bond between a leader and her supporters? It is an enigma. We western educated may call it sycophancy. But, infact, it is much deeper than sycophancy. There is a bond, there is some love. She has also worked for people. Amma Kitchen serves full meal for rupees ten. People from different strata of society come to Amma Kitchen for a hearty meal that is in expensive. No wonder people love Amma.

  2. Very good to read and know the unlimited atrocity behind this amass…………But the very BAD & SAD part of it is illegally grabbing and taking unlawful possession my family property of 16.440 grounds that we have purchased way back in 1980 during my youthful days with my hard earned money that is added to item No.1 Farm and land in Chennai…………..to be precise in SIRUDAVUR BUNGALOW…….

    Today, I was keenly and closely watching the entire proceedings of her mortal remains being moved out of Appolo Hospital where she breather her last. Via Poes Garden….. to Marina Ground where she was laid to rest…but could not find her carrying with her, the Bungalow with my piece of land adjoined to her Bungalow…….I hope and expect some miracles to happen to have my land restored to me. DIVINE is POWERFUL in as much as TIME……………and I keep my fingers crossed with firm faith and trust in DIVINE that my time is getting good and count on the DIVINE Blessings at the fag end of my life…..I shall earnestly appreciate if you can have it posted in my name in the link provided as my comment as I am unable to do it in spite of my efforts.

    Kindly one of you do this and confirm please.

    J.KANNAN, M.Com, FIATA

    WE DON’T THINK TO BREATH
    WE BREATHE TO THINK”

    1. Thanks so much Mr. Kanan for sharing your story of how this woman and her group of goons did unthinkable acts of looting in the name of the state!

  3. Normally we listen to eulogies when someone passes away and it is sad that a death has brought about such a venomous rancour of an iconic figure. I for one beg to differ, she was one figure who cut across caste and served the poor masses and was able to balance capitalism and socialism well, if there was a pressure on the exchequer, she managed the funds with lot of industrial development!
    As a movie star, she had the liberty to act as per her conscience even if it was way ahead of the times that she lived in!

    1. Sunita – you may have to read Mr. Kanan’s comment to know how she impacted people who were voice-less. I don’t think Robinhood model is any model at all for a ruler.

    2. I too beg to differ from your very harsh ‘judgemental’ views Sri Kapoor ji.Forgive me for saying so.
      Jayalalitha did fall and fail in ‘evolving’ into a saint……..and in spite of her greed ,avarice and love for power she did a lot of good for the poor and down-trodden.She made mistakes that made her life ‘irreversible’ but look at her with compassion.We all suffer due to our actions and she too ‘reaped what she sowed’.
      In the process to stick to power she committed both Paap and Punya!
      Each person reaps his/her according to her Karmic actions!
      Dhanyavaad evam Namaste!

      1. Thanka so much sir! I appreciate your point of view and where you are coming from. I think there is merit in that way to look ather life as well. My view point is that unless we have higher standards for ourselves and how we are governed, things may not improve the way they need to. Thanks again for your thoughts sir!

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