Officers of the ‘steel frame’ are mostly self-effacing and reluctant to record their experiences. Quite a few have come out with memoirs, but mostly in Delhi. The memoir bug is biting the reticent TN civil servants too and provides a welcome narration to glimpse five decades of unquestioned rule. Several members
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
“The insurance sector was opened up in 2000. Even 18 years after, the industry has not recorded decent growth or penetrated deep, despite the big potential. A major reason was too much of regulation as in several other aspects of governance,” said R Thyagarajan (RT), Founder-Chairman of the Shriram Group.
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,
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
Bulk of the extensive development of infrastructure in several African countries has been funded by China. Money is hard to come from multilateral agencies like the World Bank and IMF and the process of clearances is slow. Often it takes 2-4 years for studying and evaluating applications of funds and