Ever since the Dravidian parties captured power in Tamil Nadu 50 years ago, we have had matinee idols as chief ministers. These men and woman were charismatic: C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran, K Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa not only had an incredible mass following, they also knew how to squeeze every ounce out of it. Both the legendary Anna and the indefatigable Kalaignar were soul-stirring writers and powerful orators. Puratchi Thalaivar carefully cultivated a super do-gooder image through his movies and Amma built an outstanding reputation by her various welfare schemes over which women swooned.
In a swift midnight action reminiscent of palace coups, O Panneerselvam (aka OPS) the trusted lieutenant of the now demised Jayalalithaa, took over as chief minister for the third time. Only that this time, it is unlikely to be a stop-gap arrangement. At the funeral, OPS, the man who had begun life selling tea, appeared to be the one person who hadn’t yet come to terms with the departure of a giant. Prime Minister Modi, hugging a sobbing chief minister at the footsteps
I was in Delhi between 7 and 15 November 2016, the week during which the momentous announcement on demonetisation was made. The objective for demonetisation includes tackling corruption and black money.
It’s 25 years since the National Education Policy (NEP) for India was spelled out. Since then a few isolated measures for improving the education system were undertaken. Union Human Resources Minister Javadekar has indicated that there is no accepted education policy document and that a new committee will be formed!
The new budget is coming a month ahead of time. And it is coming at the government’s half way mark and in the immediate aftermath of what is being dubbed by many as the biggest game changer since 1991, demonetisation. Industrial Economist elicited the views of tech czar Lakshmi Narayanan, Chairman, Cognizant Technologies, M R Sivaraman (MRS), former Revenue Secretary and economist Dr Shashanka Bhide, Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies.
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.