The concept of “spiritual politics”, as mentioned by actor Rajinikanth in his plan to launch a political party, does not seem to have excited either of the Dravidian majors in the State.
Office-bearers of the DMK as well as the AIADMK, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the concept may not be of much relevance now as atheism and rationalism are no longer the fulcrum of the State’s politics, despite the two parties still projecting themselves as followers of rationalist leader Periyar E.V. Ramasamy.
Several members of the two parties subscribe to theism and the tag of “anti-god or even anti-Hindu god” cannot be attached to either of the organisations. Many leaders, at least while in power, have taken part in religious events.
In fact, in the DMK, which once had the image of being harsh on Hindu religious customs and practices, the party leadership has been increasingly careful, in the recent years, about not getting involved in any controversy concerning the Hindu…