Revenge is a river that runs fast, wide, deep

The Karunanidhi-Maran family battle, sparked by the publication of an opinion poll, is entering new and dangerous territory. A privilege motion has been moved against an article published in Tamizhmurasu, an evening daily owned by the Sun TV group, over a May 10 article on the CBI inquiry into the arson and violence in Madurai which claimed three lives.

Considering what has happened in the past week leading up to the resignation of Dayanidhi Maran as Union minister this morning, that might seem like the natural trajectory for the ruling DMK to get back at the group for its gumption. But wait. The privilege motion has been moved, not by a DMK MLA, by a Congress legislator.

How much longer before Sun TV or Kungumam are found guilty of transgressing some other line, real or imaginary?

Meanwhile, on a day when every media stock was soaring on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Sun TV scrip closed at Rs 1,534, down Rs 69. Does the market believe that the Sun TV party is over? And how much longer before the DMK launches its own TV channel?

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