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

The Tamils have a long and hoary past of tradition, culture and pride from the Sangam times through the regimes of Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas and hundreds of smaller kingdoms. They have maintained a long unbroken history of dignity, decorum and leadership. They had excelled in a vast range of activities. Shipbuilding and seafaring reached its zenith under the Cholas who conquered several kingdoms in the southeast. Art and architecture again flourished under the Pallavas and Cholas who were great builders of temples. Civic administration under the Cholas had brilliant modern concepts in the matter of taxation, building and maintaining water bodies through community participation (kudi maraamatthu)...

For over 2000 years Tamil literature flourished with Tirukkural unparalleled in the range and depth of morals and ways of life through pithy seven-word couplets.

Contrast these with the shaming of this rich heritage by a few farmers agitating at the national capital through inconceivably mean actions. Poorly clad with loin cloth and indulging in extremely disgusting acts like biting rats and snakes, rolling and somersaulting in public roads, stripping naked in public place, drinking urine...  Few dozens of these brought down the dignity and shamed over 750 lakh Tamils purely on vote bank considerations. Neither the state leadership nor that at the Centre put a stop to this uncivilised agitation. 

I am reminded of a Mullah Nasruddin story: One day, people saw Mullah Nasruddin out on the street searching for something. “What are you searching ?”, they enquired. “I’ve lost my key,” replied  the Mullah. So everyone joined him, trying to help him. After some search, someone asked the place where exactly was the key lost. “I lost the key in the house,” replied the Mullah. “Then why are you searching for it in the street?” “Because, there is more light here,” replied the Mullah.

Agriculture is a state subject. Any relief sought by the farmers had to be addressed to the state government. For the 2006 elections, the DMK election platform promised waiver of farm loans taken from state cooperative banks. Immediately after taking oath as chief minister, Karunanidhi announced the waiver of agricultural loans sanctioned by cooperative banks amounting to Rs  6866 crore. In the subsequent years the DMK government also agreed to subsidise interest on farm loans: from the 7 per cent ordained by the Centre, the state, in successive years, reduced it to 5 per cent, 4 per cent, 1 per cent and nil, providing for the difference in the state budgets.

Adityanath Yogi, chief minister of UP, a state much poorer than Tamil Nadu in terms of per capita income, took upon the state farm loans amounting to Rs 36,000 crore. 

Contrast this with the leaders of various descriptions making a beeline to Jantar Mantar, the place of agitation, in unending procession. These included leaders of parties in opposition including DMK’s M K Stalin to ministers and MPs. Of course, the month-long agitation could not have been staged without the overt and covert support of the AIADMK in power. 

I revert to my oft-repeated suggestion: that Tamil Nadu cannot sustain water-intensive crops of paddy and sugarcane. In two of the recent five years, rice production had dipped to 40 lakh tonnes, half of average of normal monsoon years. It should switch to high-value horticulture, corn, millets... that the fragmented small holdings of two acres and less need to be agglomerated to large farms to facilitate application of  science, technology, and management; this could be done by permitting leasing land over 15 years without alienating ownership. Agriculture in the state accounts for just 8 per cent of its GDP, roughly half the national average. Thus the state should focus on other sectors. Continued subsidisation cannot sustain farming. 



Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
RELATED NEWS
ABOUT IE
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
 
PRIVACY POLICY
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
 
CONTACT US
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Guindy,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236
EMAIL: indecom1968@gmail.com