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Serene Saveri from Sravya

For a while, I felt I was listening to a vocal concert by a senior vidwan at the Music Academy, Chennai. The 170-minute Carnatic music performance included the immortal lyrics of renowned composers – Arunagirinathar, Purandara Dasa, Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshidhar, Syama Sastry, Jayadeva, Papanasam Sivan…. The venue: the beautiful auditorium of

Innovation: Ask questions…

Better to have questions you can’t answer than answers you can’t question. Innovation has always been an intriguing word. It is interesting how culture plays a big part in helping with innovation. India has relied on the “sage on the stage” approach, where the teacher or ‘expert’ knows everything and the

STERLITE: A welcome initiative by CIC

In the cover feature of our July issue, we pointed to the indifference of the business community and industry associations keeping mum over the burning issue of Sterlite Industries. Belatedly FICCI expressed some concern. On 20 July, the Chennai International Centre (CIC) presented P Ramnath, CEO, Sterlite Copper, D Nagasaila,

Some sweet news for sugar

For long TN Chief Ministers have not been enthusiastic about interacting with business leaders. It’s a welcome change that the TN Chief Minister met with a delegation of sugar producers and listened to their specific problems. For years, there has been an unresolved conflict: sugar companies expressing their inability to pay

Ban export of milk products – Lux Lakshmanan

In August 2005 I spent three delightful days with Dr Lux Lakshmanan and his wife Chitra at Davis, California. Lux drove over a hundred miles showing me miles upon miles of farms flush with a variety of agricultural produce – tomato, almond, pistachio, cantaloupe, corn…Blocks of farms, 160 acres each,


Under the Indian Constitution, agriculture is in the concurrent list. The states have a significant say in framing agricultural policy and implementation. This is often not in sync with national policies and requirements. The federal government allocates considerable resources and massive subsidies for food production and consumption. It also has