Funerals are always costly. Because we believe we need to send off the dead with their wealth. No matter from what religion you are, collecting people for profession, levying/cremating the dead comes at a huge cost. Because we have arrange food for the ones that participated. Coffins are very expensive. Cremation grounds are very expensive. Your local crematorium will not even be vacant, making death a business for them. There are many aspects where death seems like the most costly affair of the middle class. And worst part is we cannot escape these expenses.
Coming to Jayalalithas case, she was a C.M when she died right? So she deserved a great funeral. Some really owed their life to Amma. They sent her off in the way they would send their parent off. Same goes for other politicians who die during their duty. Since their party is the ruling party they do what they want. There is no way we can stop them. This reflected in death of late Mr. Vajpayee. Since BJP is in charge now and he was their pioneer, they held a grand funeral for him. Even a holiday was declared, which seldom happens if you are not an acting PM or CM.
We can try to curb our expenses in when it concerns our family but when it comes to the nation, we are helpless. The parties that rule us makes rules.
The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.