What did Jayalalithaa mean to Tamil Nadu? What is her legacy? What will she be remembered for? The mass hysteria around her or the dozen allegations of corruption or how the country hailed her policies for women and children?
After the 68-year-old leader passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday, following a long battle with multiple illnesses, her admirers, critics, fans and interested observers took to social media to discuss her contribution.
Here are 16 tweets that perfectly capture her legacy, influence and relevance in India.
1. She served 5 terms as the CM of Tamil Nadu since then.
Entering politics at the age of 30 and becoming CM at 40 speaks volumes #jayalalithaa— Achyutha Ananda (@Achuthananda_MP) December 6, 2016
2. The picture that says it all.
The most poignant of photos from Jayalalitha's life. At the funeral of MG Ramachandran in 1987. The moment which launched her into politics. pic.twitter.com/RzLudGb1ac— Karlapu Kiran Kumar (@scarysouthpaw) December 5, 2016
3. Her influence, in one tweet.
Pictures from Rajaji Hall. pic.twitter.com/ipAdqQuZtU— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 6, 2016
4. Jaya versus a man's world.
Tamil Nadu admired & adored her as did people all over India. She was a much respected leader, who held her own in a world of men. RIP Jaya!— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) December 5, 2016
5. Like Indira, like Jaya?
Most powerful woman politician since Indira Gandhi. Tamil people will miss her much. -Sg #Jayalalithaa#RIPAmma— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) December 6, 2016
6. You only 'miss' a 'revolutionary leader'.
Respect and condolences to all the people who love Puratchi Thalaivi Jayalalitha...We will miss her forever— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) December 5, 2016
7. Remember what they say about diversity and unity?
T 2463 - Jayalalitha ji the only CM of a State that celebrated 100 years of Indian Cinema .. from all regions .. most admirable ! pic.twitter.com/W2pcsVKhYL— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 5, 2016
8. If a leader is ranked by the policies he/she formulated, Jaya would figure very high on the list.
Jayalalitha's biggest achievement was making TN have India's best Gross Enrollment Ratio in higher education. 45% for a large state like TN.— Puram (@puram_politics) December 6, 2016
It's higher than the city state of Delhi. TN, a state with large tracts of remote rural areas has a higher overall GER than Delhi NCR!— Puram (@puram_politics) December 6, 2016
Seriously, think of that for a while. It's mind blowing as an achievement. And thanks largely to financial assistance for poor students.— Puram (@puram_politics) December 6, 2016
Particularly her tuition assistance to first generation learners.— Puram (@puram_politics) December 6, 2016
9. Chequered, fascinating political career.
Remarkable leader #jayalalithaa gone too young. Probably the most articulate yet reclusive. Invented & perfected the politics of the freebie— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) December 5, 2016
Also white goods & taalis. TN is unique: loot at the top & brilliant delivery, governance at village level. Bad loans a sarkari bank disease https://t.co/GbBwbobYg0— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) December 6, 2016
10. Guts, thy other name is Jayalalithaa.
You just had to admire her pluck and her tenacity. #Jayalalithaa was a remarkable woman.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 5, 2016
11. This one thing she will be always remembered for.
12. Like a boss.
RIP Jayalalithaa.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 6, 2016
CM for 5 terms. Every bit of it on her own terms.
13. Jaya = Family, to so many in Tamil Nadu.
My mother is crying nonstop.Feel like a loss in family.Thats how several million of us feel now.Thr can never be another AMMA.We wil miss u.— RJ Balaji (@RJ_Balaji) December 5, 2016
14. Once a fighter, always a fighter.
Jayalalithaa topped the state of Tamil Nadu in the 10th standard, but never went to college due to economic pressures— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) December 6, 2016
15. This picture shows how Tamil Nadu and Jayalalithaa were synonymous for many of her supporters.
16. What made her, her? The answer, straight from the horse's mouth.
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