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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

Focus on high speed trains

High speed trains? For the rich? Our Rahuls and Jairams will cry hoarse. Remember such opposition when the Congress stepped up expenditure on space exploration? Today India excels in rocket science and so profitably! The ripple effect of fast travel, as demonstrated by China, can be humongous. THE GREAT DEPRESSION of

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

Plight of the Periodicals

TN CM with N Ram and Publishers

Last week we witnessed a strange spectacle: of the mighty barons of print medium – The Hindu, New Indian Express, the Daily Thanthi, Dinamalar and Dinakaran-beseeching the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for support with government’s advertisements at special rates. These have also met the leaders of other political parties – Messrs

Mergers Maze

IN 2019 THE NDA II government seemed well set to take up major reforms of the banking sector. The merger of ten public sector banks (PSBs) into four appeared a well thought measure towards consolidation and building size. There were also clear indications on reducing substantially government share of the

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