Is it a Package? A Stimulus? Or a Reform?

It is for the government to jump-start the economy, through massive spending. Only government spending will have scale and size. The reform directive should focus on industries of the future, like space and aviation, electronics manufacture and telecom. It could start with funding research in vaccine development, 5G technologies, manufacture

Reassuring re-start

Fighting for survival is not new to the industries of Tamil Nadu. The state and its entrepreneurs are known for their resilience. DEBATES MAY CONTINUE over the right and wrong of extending the lockdown. The country faces an unprecedented crisis: factories, offices, wholesalers, retailers and service providers have all been shut

Focus on high speed trains

High speed trains? For the rich? Our Rahuls and Jairams will cry hoarse. Remember such opposition when the Congress stepped up expenditure on space exploration? Today India excels in rocket science and so profitably! The ripple effect of fast travel, as demonstrated by China, can be humongous. THE GREAT DEPRESSION of

Experiences with my Scooter

Down the Memory Lane My close involvement with the two-wheeler industry and personally with my scooter took me closer to captains of industry and get updated on developments around Chennai and across India. The year 1964. I was two years into the business of publication of the trade magazine Mobile. I established the magazine

Plight of the Periodicals

TN CM with N Ram and Publishers

Last week we witnessed a strange spectacle: of the mighty barons of print medium – The Hindu, New Indian Express, the Daily Thanthi, Dinamalar and Dinakaran-beseeching the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for support with government’s advertisements at special rates. These have also met the leaders of other political parties – Messrs

Bold plan to build herd immunity

THE COVID19 HAS taken the world by storm. Nations are trying to grapple with the situation; economies are going for a toss and everyday life is being altered every bit. Lock-downs and their extensions have become routine. Staying in Sweden and witnessing these make a different-planet feel. Yes, Sweden has no

Mergers Maze

IN 2019 THE NDA II government seemed well set to take up major reforms of the banking sector. The merger of ten public sector banks (PSBs) into four appeared a well thought measure towards consolidation and building size. There were also clear indications on reducing substantially government share of the

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