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