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

I remember the bloody battle waged by DMK in the early 1970s to gain control over large trade unions. In 1971 the battle for control of the Simpson and General Workers Union resulted in the murder of a leader at the Sembium plant of Simpsons and in a prolonged strike by over 16,000 workers spread over a month. Of course the party in power lent its support and the Labour Progressive Front(LPF) of DMK gained control of hundreds of trade unions across the state.

C Kuppusamy(CK) emerged as one of the most powerful leaders of LPF. After serving the Railways for two decades, where he cut his teeth in trade union activity, CK shaped the course for LPF for three decades. CK was elected to the Lok Sabha for three terms. Thanks to such labour leaders, the state has been enjoying peaceful industrial relations for quite some time. In his demise LPF has lost one of its pillars.  



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