Madras Week 2012: The Roads Project : Day 19 : J J Street

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Where is J J Street?

J J Street cuts across Kasturi Rangan Road in Alwarpet. There are many other streets in Chennai named after J Jayalalitha, as well as a J J Nagar.

Who is J Jayalalitha?

 

Jayalalitha was an actor and is a politician (currently the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu). She was born in Mysore in 1948 to Jeyram and Sandhya. She studied in Bishop Cottons Girls’ High School in Bangalore, and Presentation Convent, Church Park, in Chennai.

Jayalalitha made her acting debut in a Kannada film, and rose quickly in the industry. She did 28 films with the superstar of the age, M G Ramachandran.

Influenced by her contact with MGR, she joined the AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) in 1982 as propaganda secretary. Very soon, she took a seat in the Rajya Sabha.

After MGR’s death, the party split into two factions, headed by MGR’s wife Janaki, and Jayalalitha respectively. Jayalalitha went on the become Leader of the Opposition in 1989.

Her first stint as Chief Minister came in 1991, when she was election to form a coalition government. She has the distinction of being the first elected woman Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She lost in the 1996 elections, but returned to power in 2002. After a loss in the subsequent 2006 elections, she won again in 2011 and is currently in office.

As with many politicians, her career has been coloured with controversy. Her most significant contributions to social welfare are the Cradle Baby Scheme and the introduction of All-Women Police Stations.

Jayalalitha is an accomplished dancer, Carnatic singer as well as a proficient linguist. She is fluent in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English. She is an avid reader and has an immense library. An erudite individual, Jayalalitha has been awarded many honorary degrees.

Sources:

Editor. (September 13, 2010). J Jayalalitha: Profile, Biography, Information. In SouthDreams. Retrieved August 26, 2012, from http://www.southdreamz.com/portfolio/dr-j-jayalalitha/.

. (May 14, 2011). Short Biography of Jalalitha Jayram. In Politics to Fashion. Retrieved August 26, 2012, from http://realityviews.blogspot.in/2011/05/short-biography-of-jayalalithaa-jayaram.html.

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