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

In April and May elections to state assemblies have been held in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. In Assam, the contest was between the two major national parties, the BJP and the Congress. In West Bengal, there was a strange alliance between the Left parties and the Congress fighting the incumbent Trinamool Congress with BJP pitching its claim.

In Kerala, one witnessed the traditional grouping of several parties led by the Congress and several others by the CPM. With the unflattering record of the Oommen Chandy-led United Democratic Front, the incumbent, there had been a strong anti-incumbency factor to power shifting again to the LDF.

One witnessed the strange scene: with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi working along with the Communists as alliance partners in West Bengal and liberally criticising the Communists in Kerala! BJP, which did not have a strong base in Kerala, has worked hard to make inroads into Kerala’s electoral politics and started with its first victory.

In Tamil Nadu the well-worn strategy of the two leading Dravidian parties, the DMK, and the AIADMK, forming strong alliances to contest, did not take place this time. AIADMK, buoyed by its resounding success of going alone in the Lok Sabha polls, opted to do likewise. The attempts made by the DMK to bring together parties opposed to the AIADMK under its umbrella, did not succeed. The state thus witnessed five-cornered contests: DMK-Congress, AIADMK, the MDMK led front of five parties, PMK and the BJP.

The two major Dravidian parties have been thriving on the promise of liberal freebies as also on cash for votes. Even with the state’s economy not in great shape, they continued promising freebies, with unclear explanations on budget provisions. But the Tamil Nadu voter doesn’t seem to bother about the poor state of the state’s finances.

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