"I have failed in my personal life, I was not able to be someone's wife, but I promise to be a good mother," said Jayalalithaa in her speech.
After being her biggest critique of her rule, media has been hypocrite on days following her death
Articles after articles were filled with praises calling her, "Nation's Amma", "the woman in a patriarchal society" etc.
As she told in her interview with Simi Garewal on her choice of being an actress as well as an accomplished leader, both of which was not in her intentions as she had always wanted to be a doctor or a scientist.
It's human nature that makes us always find every bit of fault in a person and it's easier done than said, but for me being in Chennai for so many months have in some way made me admire the woman who was the heart of the people in Tamil Nadu. Her life both as an actress and a politician, the later one, in a totally male-dominant assembly, was an inspiration to look at.
She went through a lot of hardships that any leading lady of a state can think of, the parliamentary attack and manhandling of her were terrible. The trauma she went through after the death of her mentor and the physical attack by the supporters of MGR's wife by pushing her off the vehicle carrying his body.
Whatever she may have, the issue of assets and all, one must not forget that she was a woman who did something that any woman of this era may have been able to do.
Jayalalithaa, was truly a charismatic leader but also a woman of warmth though the environment and the situation has turned her hard and that's how she was named "Iron Lady".
by Stanzin Lhadon