Washington, December 7, 2016: The legacy of J Jayalalithaa will be fondly remembered forever. The iron lady who battled every odd in her life and most of the times won, lost the battle of life on Monday after fighting bravely and for, perhaps, a long period.
Indian-American Tamils have said with the diaspora condoling her demise and is sad by the loss of their beloved leader.
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Dr. Rajan Natarajan, who served as the Deputy Secretary of State in Maryland and now serving as the Commissioner of Transportation, said, “The legacy of the Iron Lady, as she is fondly remembered by many, who had rocked Indian politics, will be remembered forever. None has shown the courage which Jayalalithaa evinced in her political life.”
Natarajan, the first Indian-born Tamil American who served in the highest administrative position in the history US, said on Tuesday, “An authoritarian, a visionary and a leader full of guts and grit, she has left a huge void in Indian Politics. Amma (mother), as she was always fondly referred to by the masses, she is indeed a mother of many comebacks in her political life.”
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Natarajan interacted and worked with Jayalalithaa’s cabinet and her government officials when he was serving as Maryland’s chief diploamat. He worked with her on many projects like Sister State, education, energy, transportation, and medical technologies
He had led a 20-member business delegation from the US and also participated at the Global Investor Summit in 2015, upon her invitation. Natarajan said that it was his very first opportunity to meet Jayalalithaa in person. He also mentions that it was one of the shining moments for him and to admire her leadership,
“She is like the legendary bird Phoenix. Bounced back from every challenge, when the world thought she gone every time. I wish she could come back to life again like a Phoenix, throwing out the challenging god has imposed on her and to work on her dreams and vision to make them a reality.”
“Amma Jayalalithaa was a leader who has not only made an unrepeatable history in India and also become a true role model for millions of women to realise their power in public service and make betterment of the society and nation,” Natarajan said.
He mentioned her as an exemplary and extraordinary leader for the ordinary people. She was a leader for the poor and the middle class. And, implemented numerous welfare programs and rural development schemes for the ordinary citizens, which no other chief minister in any state still has been able to do.
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Natarajan said, “After Secretary Hillary Clintons meeting with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa back in 2013, Clinton mentioned she is incomparable and strongly determined leader, and she has been an embodiment of woman empowerment.”
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