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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

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