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