In the next elections, one can be reasonably sure that the DMK will not do well. And in the near future, it will possibly split. The AIADMK lead front is a good bet for the short term — the question is, how does a small regional party like the MDMK optimize its tactics with respect to a viable medium to long term strategy?
While that holds for most political parties in India — planning for changes in political lanscape, that is — what the MDMK and PMK do in Tamil Nadu will be interesting for reasons slightly more engaging. My theory is, the plausibility of Democracy as we now understand it is limited and that it will be tested first in societies similar to that of this state.