For decades in the past, the headquarters of the Finance Ministry at North Block used to be described as the Anna Salai Corridor (source: KP Geethakrishnan). It had seen several brilliant Tamil officers: G Ramachandran, V Ramachandran, Ganapathy, S Venkitaramanan, KP Geethakrishnan, MR Sivaraman, K Venkatesan, C Ramachandran, R Gopalan,
The BJP-led government, with a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha, is understandably keen to implement several of the major promises in its election manifesto. Luckily it has also been able to muster support in the Rajya Sabha convincing regional parties like the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal to
“There is a unique and opportune moment in the global economy for India to capitalise. The slowing down of China’s economy and exports has opened up a large export opportunity for India to fill. India should aim to garner an elephant’s share of this export opportunity… With the government having
There is need for an urgent reform in the judiciary. The focus should be to reduce the number of pending cases.
Much can be achieved by discouraging adjournments and fixing specific time limits for submission of arguments.
IE has been pointing to the millions of cases pending before courts at different levels
INDIA’s positive external orientation started two decades ago with Prime Minister Vajpayee. The growth in the stature of India as an economic entity helped in strengthening economic relations with the developed nations. Manmohan Singh’s stature as a tall economist helped the process of expanding such contacts.
Narendra Modi has been spending
Five-weeks were a reasonably long time for the new finance minister to come out with a few big-bang reforms. The BJP was returned with an absolute majority; with allies, the NDA further improved its strength in the Lok Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha also the party is heading towards the
The representation of the southern states in the Union cabinet is meagre. This is related to the poor performance of the BJP in the south, save Karnataka. Of the 130 seats, the BJP drew a blank in Andhra, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.
Four cabinet berths have been provided for Karnataka.
For 15 years, during 1999-2014, DMK was a vital constituent of the Central government. The considerable number of MPs - 12 in 1999, 16 in 2014 and 18 in 2009 in the Lok Sabha - won for the prominent party places in the Central cabinet. Murasoli Maran as Commerce and
So the battle lines have been drawn for the Lok Sabha elections. The NDA led by BJP has lost a few prized members, notably the Telugu Desam Party and the PDP of Jammu & Kashmir. There were also dissensions on the part of a few regional parties. The BJP, after
Two of the crown jewels of IE, S V Mony and N K Thingalaya, died on 25 January. The day was auspicious, Bahula Panchami when the great composer Thyagaraja became immortal 172 years ago. These stalwarts had several sterling qualities of the great saint, of humility, devotion and passion for