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