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