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