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She changed the face of Delhi

Sheila Dikshit made a lasting contribution to raising the beauty and infrastructure of the national capital New Delhi as one comparable to several other world capitals. The best tribute to Sheila Dikshit came from her bitter political adversaries: from Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to Arvind Kejriwal. They paid lavish

The giant killer who Indianised the corporates

Today we do not have many politicians known outside the state of their origin or around Delhi. ‘National’ leaders have been thrown up rather rarely. In this context George Fernandes, enjoying a pan India reputation is a great contrast. Hailing from Mangaluru, shifting to Mumbai at the age of 19 to

His focus on productivity helped in exports

K Mahesh (1943-2019) The 100-plus your old TVS group boasts of being present in virtually every sector in the south. A metallurgy graduate from the famed Indian Institute of Technology- Madras, Mahesh, son of T S Krishna, led Sundaram Brake Linings with distinction. In the early 1960s, TVS entered the auto components sector.

C K’s railway sojourn

C K Jaffer Sharief as Union Minister of Railways in the Narasimha Rao government initiated the move towards a uniform gauge for the railway. Remember the humongous costs and delays suffered with the multiplicity of gauges – broad gauge, meter gauge and even the narrow gauge- through transshipment of goods.

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