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Power reforms – TN’s discomfiture

FOR DECADES Tamil Nadu government has been resisting beneficial reforms of the power sector. Reason:  Dravid- ian parties based  their  electoral strategies on competitive populism. Right from 1967 when the DMK won the state elections for the first time,  these  have  been  constantly expanding the welfare content with liberal distribution

Is it a Package? A Stimulus? Or a Reform?

It is for the government to jump-start the economy, through massive spending. Only government spending will have scale and size. The reform directive should focus on industries of the future, like space and aviation, electronics manufacture and telecom. It could start with funding research in vaccine development, 5G technologies, manufacture

Reassuring re-start

Fighting for survival is not new to the industries of Tamil Nadu. The state and its entrepreneurs are known for their resilience. DEBATES MAY CONTINUE over the right and wrong of extending the lockdown. The country faces an unprecedented crisis: factories, offices, wholesalers, retailers and service providers have all been shut

Experiences with my Scooter

Down the Memory Lane My close involvement with the two-wheeler industry and personally with my scooter took me closer to captains of industry and get updated on developments around Chennai and across India. The year 1964. I was two years into the business of publication of the trade magazine Mobile. I established the magazine

Bold plan to build herd immunity

THE COVID19 HAS taken the world by storm. Nations are trying to grapple with the situation; economies are going for a toss and everyday life is being altered every bit. Lock-downs and their extensions have become routine. Staying in Sweden and witnessing these make a different-planet feel. Yes, Sweden has no

EXPERIENCES WITH MY BICYCLE

Bhogal Cycles

EXPERIENCES WITH MY BICYCLE Gandhiji recorded his Experiments With Truth as a classic autobiography. I am attempting to pen my experiences with my bicycle. I learnt to ride a bicycle in my teens as is common with most. Of course, it was difficult in my young days of getting a bicycle for experimenting. I

A Masterstroke from Jagan Mohan

POLITICAL ECONOMICS ஜகனே தந்திரம் ஆந்திர முதலவர் ஜெகன்மோகன் ரெட்டி கடினமான பாதைகளை கடந்து வந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறார். முன்னாள்  முதல்வர் சந்திரபாபு நாயுடு ஒன்றுபட்ட ஆந்திரா பிரிந்த பிறகு ஹைதராபாத் இல்லாத புதிய ஆந்திர மாநிலத்தின் கட்டமைப்பு மற்றும் வளர்ச்சிப் பணிகள் தொடர்பாக சிறப்பு அந்தஸ்து வழங்கப்பட வேண்டும் என்று பல முறை கோரிக்கை வைத்து வலியுறுத்தி வந்தார்.  ஏற்கனவே போதிய அளவு நிதி ஒதுக்கியுள்ளதால் அதற்கு வாய்ப்பில்லை என்று கூறி மத்திய அரசு மறுத்துவிட்டது.

The ability to build consensus on economic reforms

Ahluwalia’s new book Backstage is a fascinating read. Irrespective of one’s political or economic learning, this book will kindle the interest of economists and policy enthusiasts. Let me start with the positives: the book seamlessly elucidates the intricacies of policymaking in India. The author has shared the nuances of various policy

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