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.
3. Her influence, in one tweet.
4. Jaya versus a man's world.
5. Like Indira, like Jaya?
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.
9. Chequered, fascinating political career.
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.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 6, 2016
12. Like a boss.
CM for 5 terms. Every bit of it on her own terms.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 6, 2016
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.
— SivaKumar (@sivadigitalart) December 5, 2016
16. What made her, her? The answer, straight from the horse's mouth.
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