India / 19.03.2009

Now that we are engaged with issues of analysis this is a good issue to try our skills on. We have often wondered about the political prominence of film related personalities (NTR, MGR, Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha) in the Indian South without devoting enough attention to come up with a decent hypothesis or explanation. With the emergence of Chiranjeevi in AP as the potential ‘fourth-force’, we are face to face with the questions again. How do we explain the following? The acceptance in South India of movie related personalities as leaders of political parties and as Chief Ministers. The much less prominent profile of equally popular movie stars in North India – there are quite a few members of parliament but no political stars of equal...