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