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The Maha epigraphist is no more

Iravatham Mahadevan (IM) earned a reputation as an upright, principled and efficient officer of the IAS. He served the Industry Department at the Centre when he worked with his minister of industry, George Fernandes during 1977-79. Remember, Fernandes’ initiating several fundamental changes in industrial policy like limiting foreign holdings in

God of advertising is no more

He led a double life, married thrice and left his mark in every field he was associated. He was outstanding, simultaneously promoting both his passion for theatre and his yen for advertising. The latter was his profession, which gave him his bread, butter and BMWs. Alyque Padamsee an alumnus of St

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

The man who redefined India

Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will always be remembered as one of the few colossuses who strode the Indian political scene as a statesman. The genial giant was a Hema Malini fan who watched the blockbuster movie Seeta Aur Geeta 25 times. During 1980s this former External Affairs Minister (EAM) along with his

Amazing versatility

OMG. What a prolific writer! And what a vast range of subjects he dealt with in his inimitable style! His in-depth research on the great Chola kings, Rajaraja and Rajendra. His prolific writings on religion from Mahabaratham to Thevaram and Thiruvasagam. His elegant handling of contemporary subjects like industrial strife and

M Subramaniam

With a prosperous careers with L&T Construction and Reliance, M Subramaniam (MS) had deep insights on the infrastructure sector. MS also had a high degree of social consciousness as well. He used to be active in organising seminars highlighting the importance of the construction sector.

Baldev Raj

For several years Baldev Raj, Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Research at Kalpakkam, was active in the spread of information on nuclear power technology. The long years of development of fast breeder test reactors and the prototype fast breeder reactors received impetus under