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…and of a popular trade leader The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu TIAM turns a full cycle Gas is the way forward Remembering Indira Sivasailam... When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's The power-full Hindujas Why land prices zoom in TN? Tough task taking states together Shanti and Sadhana through Music Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Tatas moving out of urea production... Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! An enemy’s enemy is a friend Wise Presidents The sea- saw battle continues... Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Towards speedy justice Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Gay abandon in pricing Muffled voices for merit… CII projects higher growth… Return to king coal for urea... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Which side are you, Montek? 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Plummeting profits of PSBs When Ratan Tata visited SRM A more liberated TN… Computation of GDP – conundrums continue All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Valli, they are more marginalised A think tank for Chennai Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform A welcome initiative by the judiciary Cement prices continue to rise… 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 Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi More Shakthi to Das’ elbow R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Silver Years of Madras Musings A professional at the helm of IRDA... 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Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Mu Sigma – is no more Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Fortune 500 review Funding the un-funded Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai A rich pool of talent not utilised…. More tributes to GR Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks How Air-India loses customs...
 
Preserving for the future

Recently I visited the Yosemite National Park in California, USA. It was a sight to see miles upon miles of groves of Sequoia trees. These giant trees just dwarf even the largest pine trees that grow along with them! Extensive information on this displayed in simple terms all along the park mentions that these trees grow over to 160 ft, can live for over 2000 years and the trunk can reach over 25 ft thickness.  

The high Sierra range of mountains provide a very vast diversity of nature. One can travel hundreds of miles along granite mountains and spacious meadows. Over centuries, glaciers have shaped this landscape. John Muir, the naturalist, credited with exploring these grand bequeath of nature mentions about the valley: “everything is flowing, going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water.”

What struck me as most significant was the American society’s concern for preserving this precious heritage. As early as in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill to preserve the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley. Thus was born the concern for setting up and preserving dozens of national parks across the country.

Sadly, such a concern is not visible in India. How careless we have been in losing precious forest wealth by mindless encroachments! Of spoiling our precious long coastline by reckless construction so close to the shore! As late as in the 1970s the Tamil Nadu government constructed tenements on the Santhome seashore which had turned an eyesore; miles upon miles of reckless construction in Tiruvanmiyur and further down south so close to the seashore!

 

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