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A think tank for Chennai TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Vibrant Gujarat Shanti and Sadhana through Music Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Should we change the official year? Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu No Maha Koottani in TN... IAS invades NDDB... London, London Narayan More tributes to GR Secularism and anti-Hinduism Sri Lanka votes for change All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Wise Presidents Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu The nuclear option Which side are you, Montek? Funding the un-funded Breaththrough in malaria control Telangana in top gear… Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Return to king coal for urea... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… The star of Spencers is no more CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Strengthen the base... Where a state respects its litterateurs… Make standards certification mandatory... Preserving for the future Editor's Notes Build close rapport with business leaders Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Road development slows down CII projects higher growth… R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital The why of tax incentives Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria When nations steal growth from one another… Tribute No engine for this car Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Russi Mody – a tribute Kinetic Karnataka Cutting the nose to spite the face Readers' Mail Mu Sigma – is no more Computation of GDP – conundrums continue When small is no larger beautiful.. Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Intellectual of rare qualities A more liberated TN… Maximising the micro pricing … Robber barons everywhere Music happens More heat than light Tax agriculture Another Indian music maestro at the UN He continues the focus on social amelioration The power-full Hindujas Mersal magnified Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Tatas moving out of urea production... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... The balancing act Shipping woes of Chennai companies When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Put expensive assets created to use... Kulandai was a giant Why land prices zoom in TN? Rahman at CIC Waning interest in public discussions… Fortune for Indian Airlines
 
Contrarian cousins

A COUPLE OF years ago, Manikam Ramaswami, Managing Director, Loyal Textiles, waxed eloquent over the benefits of the freebie profligacy of Jayalalithaa. He pointed to the sizeable savings in exertion by women thanks to the government supplying free fans, mixies and grinders: “this saves time for women which, in turn, improves their living standards,” he said. He went one step further advocating the government to provide refrigerators free! 

In 2016, the AIADMK poll manifesto promised a lot more freebies. After Team Sasikala faction established its majority in the state assembly, on the first day in office after winning the trust vote, Chief Minister Palanisamy announced a series of welfare measures that included a 50 per cent subsidy to a ceiling of Rs. 20,000 for buying a two-wheeler for 100,000 working women during 2017-18. Ramaswami may have to wait for some more time before his counsel reaches Sasikala.

Cousin T Kannan has a contrarian view. Recently, he expressed concerns over the freebie culture that makes the youth lazy. He pointed to employees not sticking to jobs even for a couple of years due to the government providing so many things free. The cousins should also consult another Karumuttu scion, M Thiagarajan whose Paramount Airways had a meteoric take off and an equally meteoric fall. Perhaps he would commend subsidised airfare to Madurai in business class. 



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