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Muthiah: 25 short of 1000!

A historian with a passion for Chennai’s glorious past and Founder-Editor of Madras Musings, S Muthiah (SM), has not been in the pink of his health. Well into his 80s he still works diligently on his writings. When I recently dropped in, I found him at the computer with a

Nanayam Vikatan applauds enterprise

Nanayam Vikatan staged another impressive function to present and applaud successful entrepreneurs of Tamil Nadu at the Nanayam Vikatan Business Star Awards function under ten categories. The function was also remarkable for the presence of a number of business leaders and other glitterati of Chennai, normally reticent to be present at

Taiwanese are coming…

I notice an increasing interest by Taiwan in investing in India. Remember the initiative of Gopal Srinivasan in the early 2000s, in focusing on Taiwan in CII’s annual Connect events on the ICT sector? Taiwan has been making great use of mainland China for setting up factories that employ in thousands

TVS Motors’ corporate excellence and social concerns

Congratulations to Venu Srinivasan and TVS Motors for bagging the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence Award for Sustainable Development under the categories of corporate excellence and corporate social responsibilities. The latter award was received by TVS Motors for the second time. I am an admirer of the silent and sustained commitment of

Dr P G Babu new Director of MIDS

Dr Shashanka Bhide retired as Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS). An agricultural economist who earlier served the University of Iowa, Bhide stepped up discussion programmes at MIDS on varied topics. A couple of international conferences he organised attracted wide participation, especially by senior government officials. This used to be

The Economics – Science divide

After long years I visited the Madras Christian College (MCC) where I worked during 1960-62. The Miller Memorial Library kindled nostalgic thoughts: it provided access to rare books like Lane Poole’s History of Mughal Empire, needed for my paper on History of Administration. The library was a great help in

TN power position comfortable

“Demand for power has been growing. There are multiple sources of supply and the average cost has also fallen compared to recent years,” said Akshaya Kumar, Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC). Kumar expressed concern over investments in the power sector drastically coming down, even while demand has

The new Titans

Recent years witnessed the rise of corporates in new domains as also the fall of established ones. Remember the dominance of Chrysler, Kodak and GE in the US and their precipitous fall? The IT evolution threw up new giants not just confined to the US but across the globe. New

Star-studded Odisha conclave

In 1994 I met Odisha’s Chief Minister Biju Patnaik at Bhubaneshwar. A colleague of mine and I spent about a month visiting several projects spread across that state. In my interview with the portly Biju Babu, I asked: “Odisha is so rich in natural resources. Sorry for my impudence; you

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