Chennai: Sasikala Natrajan’s educational qualification is a topic of gossip in Tamil Nadu. People are curious to know about the educational background of the 60-year old VK Sasikala who had lived with Jayalalithaa for several decades taking care of her and her household.
While it is said that she has a bachelor’s degree in art from some college in the state, there is no clear information regarding it. It must be noted that O Panneerselvam, who has revolted against her, doesn’t have any better qualification. He has a simple art degree.
It must be noted that despite her very good schooling, Jayalalithaa was a matriculate and didn’t pursue higher education despite doing exceptionally well in her high school across the state and winning scholarship.
Sasikala Natrajan remained very close to Jayalalithaa throughout her life. She always shadowed Jayalalithaa wherever she went. Taking care of her personal needs and managing her household was the responsibility of Sasikala that she fulfilled with utmost care. Later, she started taking care of the party affairs, but always from behind the scene and never trying to come into the limelight. The chief minister in waiting reportedly completed her graduation before her marriage to her controversial husband. Sasikala has been elected the AIADMK legislature party leader and despite O Panneerselvam revolt she is expected to take over as the chief minister of state shortly.
In the meantime a report in IndiaToday says that Sasikala is a school dropout. “Sasikala, who is born in Vyasarpadi of Chennai district in a Kallar family of Tamil Nadu, is a school dropout, according to mensXP”.
VK Sasikala has a very humble background. Born in 1957 in Thiruthuraipoondi, about 330 km from Chennai, Sasikala was married to M. Natarajan, a Tamil Nadu government official. In the 1980s, Natarajan urged South Arcot District Collector V.S. Chandralekha to introduce Sasikala to Jayalalithaa so that the then AIADMK Propaganda Secretary would get due publicity. With Jayalalithaa finding Sasikala’s work satisfactory, they became friends. After a while, Sasikala moved into the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa in Chennai. Sasikala used to accompany Jayalalithaa on her trips, often seated behind the charismatic actor-turned-AIADMK leader. Jayalalithaa publicly called Sasikala a sister not related by blood.