Ad Here  
China invests in India Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Parliament in paralysis... A professional at the helm of IRDA... Alexa – Talking Wikipedia A friendly business group A glass full of corruption Nuclear power at the nucleus Align crops to agro climate endowments… Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Lalu’s envy, India’s pride An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... A think tank for Chennai Editor's Notes Moily’s bold thrust Fortune 500 review Waning interest in public discussions… PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Music happens TIAM turns a full cycle The few handicaps... EEC at the National Media Centre Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Discoms deserve better… CII projects higher growth… Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Poor quality of university VCs Fuel for thought Cutting the nose to spite the face Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Sweet news for TN sugar mills Mu Sigma – is no more No Maha Koottani in TN... A proud Madrasi Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi WTO Meet: resolved to meet again The rise and fall of Annamalai University The star of Spencers is no more When online building permits work…. Solar thermal shines… Delhi returns to BJP How Air-India loses customs... Auto components surge… Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Engineering seats go abegging Plummeting profits of PSBs Where a state respects its litterateurs… Streamlining mandatory third party cover Demise of a media baron... Quality education through the PPP mode R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Secularism and anti-Hinduism New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik …and of a popular trade leader Return to king coal for urea... Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Revive development banks... Solar, solar everywhere … Of course, Gujarat is vibrant The sea- saw battle continues... Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Making ‘my Amaravati’... Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Come elections, come advertisements... Delhi is distant Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Roaring Ro-Ro facility Intellectual of rare qualities Why land prices zoom in TN? Fortune for Indian Airlines GM Technology at last! Should we change the official year? Put expensive assets created to use... to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Modi storms Silicon Valley For whom the MIDS bell tolls? The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Delhi is distant… Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad The brown list of Venkitaramanan F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Why this malaise in medical education? Polls and promises Convulsions in The Hindu The rise and rise of KCP Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Funding the un-funded Things happen by accident and not by design... EVM is tamper-proof Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Russi Mody – a tribute Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. For whom the bell tolls? Gas is the way forward More Shakti to resource mobilisation... CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? London, London Narayan Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Readers' Mail Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Kudos to NDTV... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks He continues the focus on social amelioration Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Five star activism stalls development activity The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna The Gulf aviation boom Noble nonagenarians... He saved millions from starvation... A more liberated TN… PC’s preference for professionals Quality silica from Neyveli Tatas moving out of urea production... Adharma of opposition politics Protest masters... Build close rapport with business leaders TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Which side are you, Montek? MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways IAS invades NDDB... West Bengal: mindless malignancy Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Robber barons everywhere Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Where is Rajaji? Gay abandon in pricing When nations steal growth from one another… Small units prefers to remain small... Sri Lanka votes for change Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Modi and the lady Valli, they are more marginalised When the President was rendered homeless… An enemy’s enemy is a friend Editor's Says ONGC at KG Basin L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Welcome focus on core competence Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! The balancing act A yen for wastage… Revving up the manufacturing sector A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… More tributes to GR Delhi Chalo... IPL type auction for VCs? B H Kothari - a tribute No engine for this car Multi-faceted Venkat A welcome initiative by the judiciary Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Mersal magnified Haul over the coal Vibrant Gujarat Make standards certification mandatory... Building loyalty through the stomach More heat than light Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Shanti and Sadhana through Music TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Shale gas and its shallow future Medical costs hit the roof... TELANGANA at last…BUT Pharma – overdose of copying Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Silver Years of Madras Musings Tribute – UCAL Selvan… There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! The why of tax incentives Muffled voices for merit… S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu The nuclear option Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Banning booze... This scant respect for Law Tough task taking states together Road development slows down The Swadeshi Trump Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Sweeter prospects for sugar The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Kulandai was a giant Tatas moving out of urea production... Computation of GDP – conundrums continue SoA @ 80 Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Contrarian cousins CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Airlines in India: cost and space Towards speedy justice Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Tribute Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Strengthen the base... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Another Indian music maestro at the UN Breaththrough in malaria control L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Kinetic Karnataka Increasing non co-operation of state leaders An inexplicable neglect Shipping woes of Chennai companies Boy, can you beat these? All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Tribute – M V Murugappan Cement prices continue to rise… Telangana in top gear… Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? When Ratan Tata visited SRM The Jan Dhan bonanza Welcome GST Paytm karo... Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet TGS- The king storyteller Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Wise Presidents Maximising the micro pricing … Preserving for the future A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science A rich pool of talent not utilised…. The power-full Hindujas Rahman at CIC GNS - 100: our first subscriber When small is no larger beautiful.. Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel IPL - no surprise this scam Tax agriculture
Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health

It is unusual. Tamil Nadu is usually among the first to react to major policy decisions of the Centre impacting states’ finances. On almost every issue such reaction used to be adversarial. Take the case of GST, where the state has been the lone protestor refusing to fall in line. 

It has its reasons: for 15 years from 1999, the DMK was part of the Central government, enjoying power and pelf. Tamil Nadu had a significant representation in the Central cabinet. With the adversarial politics of Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK had been instinctively opposing any and every measure of the Centre. 

Instead of focusing on development, the state has been spending a lot of energy on emotive issues like jallikattu, the intractable issue of river waters and the conflict over the jurisdiction of fishermen in southern Tamil Nadu and northern Sri Lanka. 

The state stubbornly refused to fall in line with the implementation of the National Food Security Act and the UDAY scheme. The state resorted to judicial remedies to block several important development projects  like the elevated highway project linking the Chennai and Ennore Ports; stopping construction of the gas pipeline connecting Kochi with Bengaluru; the highly scientific nutrino project and the coal-methane gasification project along with the development of shale gas.

The state seems to have been little informed of the humungous benefits that would flow from the use of natural gas/LPG for a wide variety of applications as has been done by Gujarat to great advantage. Tapping shale gas has revolutionised the energy economics of the US and massively reduced its dependence on energy imports from the Gulf. But TN policymakers seem to be unaware of the importance of shale gas.

In this background, I noticed a welcome change over the last few weeks: Tamil Nadu has agreed to fall in line with the NFSA and the UDAY scheme. In my recent interactions with policymakers in Delhi, I gathered that the state has substantially modified its opposition to GST and has been making several valuable suggestions. Such a change is possible only with the consent of the chief minister, J Jayalalithaa, and this makes me deduce that she is getting back to fuller health. Godspeed to her resuming work in quick time. 

Author :
Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236