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The case for keeping petrol prices HIGH

India depends on imports for meeting its petroleum product needs to the extent of 80 per cent. With global oil producers limiting production, with Iran, a large producer facing US sanctions, prices of crude oil and hence of petroproducts, have been registering increases and these impact domestic prices. There has

When God deserted his own country

Every tragedy, whatever the cause, calls for united action. Kerala saw this year, what Chennai had seen three years ago: unprecedented floods. Something like this had last happened in God’s own country far back in 1924. To get an idea of time, 1924 is the year M Karunanidhi was born. The

HECI: Gateway to meddling

Date: 28 June 2018: The Government of India announces a draft Bill titled “Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018.” Implication: It is a blatant attempt at depriving the States of their role in higher education. Mark it; before 1976, Higher Education was a state subject. That

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,

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