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

There have been several references to my review of the Memoir by the renowned civil servant G Ramachandran (How adroitly GR walked with giants, IE Dec 2013). I met GR on 18 November. He was on a wheel chair, rather weak and reminisced on some of his experiences. He battled against cancer and passed away on 22 November. It was providential that his family succeeded in prevailing upon him to dictate his memoirs. His elephantine memory and sharp intellect provided for one of the finest recordings of  nearly four decades of his walking with giants.  I received a call from the Prime Minister’s Personal Secretary I S Chaturvedi conveying the condolence of the PM who had worked along with GR for long. V Ramachandran, another illustrious civil servant of the Kerala cadre who succeeded GR at the PMO, has recalled GR as his mentor. Another close friend S Sethuraman, the renowned economic journalist who worked with PTI with distinction, recalled GR’s simplicity and vast knowledge on men and matters.

I again express my concern over the lack of suitable recognition by the state, the media and intelligentsia in general to the services of such outstanding men, outside politics, films, art and sports.

 

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