Published On: Tue, Dec 6th, 2016

Why Jayalalithaa will be buried, not cremated?

Leaders of the Dravidian movement hail themselves as atheists and denounce god and similar symbols in principle, however, Jayalalithaa was a believer.

Chennai: As per the Hindu Brahmin ritual, the mortal remains of a person is to be cremated. However, former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who passed away on Monday after a cardiac arrest, is to be buried at MGR memorial at Marina Beach here today.

The decision by the state government and the Sasikala family of burying Jayalalithaa’s body—who offered prayers regularly and carried an Iyengar Namam on her forehead—sounded strange to many who couldn’t ascertain the reason why the obvious ritual was tampered with.

We’ll break down the possible reasons for you:

1. The Indian Express quotes a senior government secretary, part of the funeral preparations of the late chief minister, saying that Amma was “beyond any caste or religious identity.”

2. Leaders of the Dravidian movement hail themselves as atheists and denounce god and similar symbols in principle.

3. The last plausible argument could be the demand of a blood relative to light the funeral pyre. With Deepa Jayakumar being the only person left, the Sasikala clan fears that she could prove to be a potential challenge in the political sphere.

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