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Shipping woes of Chennai companies Small units prefers to remain small... An enemy’s enemy is a friend PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Streamlining mandatory third party cover He continues the focus on social amelioration Sweeter prospects for sugar The Swadeshi Trump New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing ONGC at KG Basin Quality silica from Neyveli Tough task taking states together Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Don’t seem to feel the pulse… R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School The Jan Dhan bonanza A think tank for Chennai A proud Madrasi Mersal magnified An inexplicable neglect Fuel for thought Put expensive assets created to use... PC’s preference for professionals EEC at the National Media Centre IPL - no surprise this scam Preserving for the future Funding the un-funded Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Why this malaise in medical education? Solar thermal shines… A yen for wastage… CII projects higher growth… Quality education through the PPP mode Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways TELANGANA at last…BUT The Gulf aviation boom Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Pharma – overdose of copying Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Moily’s bold thrust Return to king coal for urea... TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Permanent secretariat for TN GIM The why of tax incentives Kudos to NDTV... Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Delhi is distant… IAS invades NDDB... Another Indian music maestro at the UN CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? When nations steal growth from one another… Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Robber barons everywhere For whom the bell tolls? IPL type auction for VCs? Engineering seats go abegging Discoms deserve better… TIAM turns a full cycle The brown list of Venkitaramanan The balancing act Intellectual of rare qualities S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Should we change the official year? Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy How Air-India loses customs... 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TGS- The king storyteller Shale gas and its shallow future Revive development banks... Make standards certification mandatory... The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Fortune for Indian Airlines A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science No engine for this car The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Breaththrough in malaria control A glass full of corruption S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Where a state respects its litterateurs… Polls and promises Maximising the micro pricing … Modi and the lady Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Making ‘my Amaravati’... Muffled voices for merit… A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Welcome GST More tributes to GR Mu Sigma – is no more The sea- saw battle continues... Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Vibrant Gujarat Delhi Chalo... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Why land prices zoom in TN? B H Kothari - a tribute A welcome initiative by the judiciary No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Things happen by accident and not by design... Road development slows down Building loyalty through the stomach Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Sri Lanka votes for change Multi-faceted Venkat Wise Presidents Cutting the nose to spite the face Welcome focus on core competence Telangana in top gear… Music happens Boy, can you beat these? Come elections, come advertisements... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Nuclear power at the nucleus Poor quality of university VCs Strengthen the base... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... The power-full Hindujas GNS - 100: our first subscriber London, London Narayan Editor's Says Which side are you, Montek? When Ratan Tata visited SRM Roaring Ro-Ro facility Gas is the way forward Fortune 500 review Valli, they are more marginalised Align crops to agro climate endowments… Russi Mody – a tribute Modi storms Silicon Valley Tax agriculture When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Gay abandon in pricing Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research WTO Meet: resolved to meet again L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Sweet news for TN sugar mills This scant respect for Law Auto components surge… No Maha Koottani in TN... Plummeting profits of PSBs Airlines in India: cost and space Tribute – M V Murugappan Tatas moving out of urea production... Readers' Mail Silver Years of Madras Musings There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! A friendly business group …and of a popular trade leader A professional at the helm of IRDA... Haul over the coal Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Banning booze... He saved millions from starvation... The star of Spencers is no more Tribute – UCAL Selvan… A more liberated TN… Shanti and Sadhana through Music When small is no larger beautiful.. Secularism and anti-Hinduism Excel Generators provide the vital back-up TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Solar, solar everywhere … EVM is tamper-proof Towards speedy justice Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet More heat than light The nuclear option The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Delhi returns to BJP Tribute Waning interest in public discussions… Parliament in paralysis... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Convulsions in The Hindu Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Recognition to role of NBFCs.... SoA @ 80 Delhi is distant Kinetic Karnataka Contrarian cousins When online building permits work…. Demise of a media baron... Revving up the manufacturing sector West Bengal: mindless malignancy When the President was rendered homeless… Where is Rajaji? L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! The rise and rise of KCP
 
Adharma of opposition politics

A dominant feature of regional politics seems to have spread in full measure to the federal government in Delhi: parties in opposition routinely oppose every move of the party in power. The AIADMK versus DMK tussle over any and every issue has been well-known for decades. Quite sadly such an approach is increasingly seen in Delhi. In this every major political party has to take the blame. Remember, Arun Jaitley eloquently justifying his party’s success in paralysing Parliament over several issues, demanding fervently and frequently the resignation of then Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh?

This is nothing new to Congress. Remember the Young Turks in the 1970s and subsequently the shouting brigades of the Grand Old Party disrupting Parliament’s functioning? Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, et al so effectively copied these tactics. And our witnessing its worst form over the Telangana issue with the traditionally docile southern MPs turning violent?

So the tradition has now become a convention. Now the Congress so effectively stalls several of its own well-thought out schemes. eg: Land acquisition bill, GST bill and the Aadhaar bill. It could have graciously taken ownership of these beneficial legislations and paved the way for governance built on consensus among political parties. One can understand the congenital deformity of a Mani Shankar Aiyar to pour venom and vitriol over anything Modi and BJP do. A Digvijaya Singh, Anand Sharma, P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh have routinely joined him with unabashed unconcern.  How eloquently these people advocated the very issues they are now vehemently criticising!

The Aadhar Bill is the first major attempt to deliver the subsidy benefit directly to the beneficiary. Its effectiveness in regard to the LPG subsidy has been proved beyond doubt. In the process it has drastically reduced bogus claims and brought about humongous savings to the exchequer. Extending this to cover fertilizer and food subsidies would fall in line with the UPA government’s desire to contain subsidies. Look at the enormity of the subsidy involved, of over Rs 250,000 crore!

The immediate need is to build consensus on issues of great concern to the nation. Leaders of major political parties would do well to work on this.

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