For all those asking what is her legacy and if it is only corruption here is a thread
1.A belief in the idea of India.She put down separatist forces with a firm hand.Never compromised on National interest. TN cd hv been a troubled spot otherwise
2. No compromise on Social justice
69% reservation in the State got Consitutional protection due to her Govt.
3. No compromise on State Interests. Cauvery one example but many more. Even CM Stalin accepted this publicly
4.Commitment to secularism. Except for the brief attempt to push thru anti conversion
Bill she never allowed communal forces of any community,space in the State
5. One of the very few CMs who tried to rein in Govt employee Unions. She failed but at least tried.
6. Welfare schemes. So many of them emulated across the country. Cycle, Laptop, Amma Canteens, Water,
Pharmacy and many, many more
7. Prioritization of women welfare and safety.
8. Non interference of party workers in District Administration. No katta panchayat, threatening of Collector,SP etc.
9. Long term vision in solving Chennai's drinking water crisis. New Veeranam
scheme, desalination plants, Rain water Harvesting etc.
10. Zero tolerance for Law and Order violators. Ministers who threw their weight around with public were axed.
11. Never once spoke against any religion, caste or group. Practised inclusive politics & wasn't divisive
12.Her courage in facing adversity time and again was an inspiration to many, especially women.
If despite all these sterling achievements all you can see is her corruption and her megalomania, I can only feel sorry for your ignorance. No one can ever justify corruption
and I do not attempt to gloss over it but do show me a few clean politicians in TN after Kamaraj who made it to the top job and I will eat my words.She was vindictive against some and egoistic. She had more than her fair share of warts like others but her legacy will endure.
And morons need to understand that if Tamil Nadu is the best governed State in the country, the lady or her party was in power for 16 of the last 21 years.

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