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Justice Iyer, 100 Samskrt loses a passionate exponent... Saeed Jaffrey Bal Thackeray VV Goes... Music Samrat!!! - TMS A versatile, humane and efficient administrator/litterateur If only he had fastened the seat-belt... Tribute: Dr. Krishnamoorthy Srinivas Flute falls silent Tribute – Baldev Raj Music loses a maestro New team at the helm at TANSTIA Father of German unification no more... The motor sportsman is no more Endearing Aachi... The ‘Q’ factor cost him Cabinet Secretary’s post Another Leo of real estate and education is no more ‘Sai’ Srinivasan no more A honest bank executive... KP is no more The honest Sardarji He breathed transport development This trendsetter is no more A versatile legend moves on Tribute – Ja Ra Su ‘Hero’ rides into the sunset Big ideas, not big words, are important... Brilliant Saeed saab A welcome biography on a towering CA Deora – the best networked politician.... MSV – the King of Light Music Remembering Chariji How to build a nation A Gandhian breathes his last on Gandhi Jayanthi Fighter-pilot turned monk... Colour-Chem's colorful personality ‘Mandolin’ stops playing... A genius civil servant fades Remembering I K Gujral… Honest civil servant India’s Master Builder… He was the greatest. Tribute - R K Baratan Dr M G K Menon He elevated B&C to its best... A multi-faceted leader rests in peace Cement, calcium carbide, shipping… TSN turned these and more into gold He contributed so much to the telecom revolution Question on Operation X Scientist and leader of educational reforms Master of strokes M Subramaniam The scientist-engineer who lucidly explained economics The Hero of bicycles rests in peace KB Sir for all... R Desikan – the crusader of consumer interests is gone Dada of drip irrigation... A statue for RV, at last! Transport S Narayanan Missile Man takes flight When SPIC spawned star managers... A multi faceted prince is no more... The Rajha of Rajapalayam... Sivaraman, 100 He took space science to such great heights! He took Kone to great heights… Jeppiar calls it a day Centurion ‘Leo’ rests in peace
 
Tribute - R K Baratan

In the early years of evolution of the predominantly family-owned and engineering-focused businesses of Chennai and with modest manufacturing capacities, public relations were almost non-existent. The need, largely, was for some liaison work with the government. Only large public sector companies and a handful of private companies had managers designated for the PR function. 

Gyan Haskar of the Easun group, M Gopalakrishnan of Tube Investments and R K Baratan of DCW took the initiative to set up the Madras chapter of the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI). As part of PRSI, I had accompanied these to expand PRSI in other cities like Tiruchi. Baratan earned a reputation for training in communications as also in public speaking, was a visiting professor at IIT-M and run the BBA, MBA courses in PR at the New College. In the early 1980s I presented him at the Padma Seshadri School, K K Nagar, for a summer camp for children on public speaking. As the President of Sri Sastha Sangam, K K Nagar, Baratan was closely involved with the Ayyappan temple and was also helping his gynaecologist spouse, Dr Chandra Baratan.



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