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MuKa: the last of the Tamil Titans

In the demise of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi (MuKa) Tamil Nadu has lost one of its tallest leaders. Multifaceted is the right description for him – journalist, writer, litterateur, poet, playwright, orator, organiser,  strategist, politician, administrator, rationalist, parliamentarian... all rolled in one. In each of these attributes, Karunanidhi excelled. Muthuvel Karunanidhi (Mu

Now, LIC needs a Jeevan Suraksha policy

The life insurer appears to be the government’s preferred white knight. LIC is exposed to a massive chunk of the system’s bad assets. If this doesn’t make it a choice for Asset Reconstruction Company, what will? The spurt of controversial moves continues unabated. In a new tale, the country’s largest insurer,

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