From superstar to CM? Rajinikanth makes his debut as a politician

Karthikeyan Damodaran, Hugo Gorringe

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has announced his long-awaited entry into politics. This article charts his rise to superstardom and long dalliance with state politics to analyse his political prospects. It is argued that the leader-centric nature of his party is a mere continuation of Tamil political norms, and that his ambivalent “spiritual” politics must be wedded to material concerns if he is to succeed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2018


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