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Waning interest in public discussions… Mu Sigma – is no more This scant respect for Law When nations steal growth from one another… SoA @ 80 Preserving for the future Silver Years of Madras Musings Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Quality silica from Neyveli Polls and promises Fortune for Indian Airlines S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Auto components surge… Cutting the nose to spite the face Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Why this malaise in medical education? Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities The sea- saw battle continues... Contrarian cousins Come elections, come advertisements... Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Vibrant Gujarat Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! 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Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik

Many years ago, when the legendary Biju Patnaik was chief minister, in an interview that lasted nearly two hours, I asked: “Biju Babu, I travelled across the state over a month and found Orissa very well-endowed in terms of natural resources: coal, iron ore, bauxite, diamonds and plenty of water. How do you manage to keep it so poor?” This veteran political leader heartily laughed and pointed to efforts to accelerate growth.

His son, US-educated Navin Patnaik, a bachelor, has been among the most popular of the state’s leaders. His Biju Janatal Dal won 20 seats out of 21 in the recent Lok Sabha polls and 119 seats out of 144  in the assembly elections and has returned to power for the fourth time with a comfortable majority.

The BJD government has formulated a large number of mega projects.  Most notable among these are the steel plants of Posco and the Tatas. These have been suffering enormous delays on account of environmental clearances and opposition from the locals on land procurement issues. These have potential to create jobs in thousands apart from contributing to the revenues of the state. The Dhamra Port built by the Tatas and L&T, that could transform the hinterland of northern Odisha, is languishing. Close liaison with the Centre would certainly help. Patnaik can consider offering support from outside to the Modi government and work on coordinated development of this resource-rich state.

 

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