Chennai: Actor Khushboo’s cup of woes seems to overflow. Just when the succession remark controversy died down, the DMK star campaigner has been dragged into another controversy which left both Periyarists and DMK cadres equally shocked.
A Tamil bi-weekly has carried a cover story casting aspersions on her proximity with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and that it posed a threat to Stalin’s succession plans. Sadly, the illustration on the magazine cover depicts Karunanidhi and Kushboo as Periyar and Maniammai.
An emotionally moved Khushboo tweeted saying; “They forget I am also a mother, wife and the lady of my home. Pelt stones, write filth, defame, degrade..i am the woman of 21st century. I m a fighter.” “Few out there cannot deter me from my fight n struggle to create a better platform of dignity for women of my INDIA... stop me if u can!!” she added.
Unlike a circumspect DMK that kept mum on the issue till late evening, Periyarists vent their outrage, mostly online. Facebook and Twitter pages of Periyarists were abuzz with its members slamming the denigration of Periyar-Maniammai relationship to criticise DMK succession war issue.
Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam leader Viduthalai K. Rajendran said, “Periyar-Maniammai relationship was not an ordinary husband-wife relationship. Periyar married Maniammai to further the dravidian movement through a confidant. She dedicated her life to Ayya’s ideology. It is ill-mannered to denigrate that relationship.”
Mayiladuthurai DK district secretary Dhalapathi Raj said, "DMK general secretary Anbazhagan has publicly reiterated many times that Anna formed DMK only to give a political form to DK and extend its service to people and not due to Periyar’s marriage. It is unfair to level such criticism on women. This is only a male chauvinist attempt to sustain the taboo and keep women indoors.”