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Airlines in India: cost and space A welcome initiative by the judiciary Editor's Says TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Contrarian cousins Quality education through the PPP mode Multi-faceted Venkat The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami When nations steal growth from one another… Align crops to agro climate endowments… A glass full of corruption Plummeting profits of PSBs He continues the focus on social amelioration Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Shale gas and its shallow future This scant respect for Law For whom the MIDS bell tolls? R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital PC’s preference for professionals Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Kulandai was a giant Delhi is distant Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Revving up the manufacturing sector The why of tax incentives PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Gas is the way forward Build close rapport with business leaders For whom the bell tolls? Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! The brown list of Venkitaramanan Why this malaise in medical education? Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Parliament in paralysis... Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Excel Generators provide the vital back-up CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. WTO Meet: resolved to meet again A more liberated TN… Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan He saved millions from starvation... No engine for this car Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Engineering seats go abegging Should we change the official year? Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Quality silica from Neyveli
 
Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan’s recent visit to India resembled a whistle-stop tour of American presidents. With good promotional efforts of his book I do What I do, he started with Chennai with an address at the Taj Coromandel. His involving Hindu’s director N Ravi ensured some media coverage. The next talk at Delhi,  the town hall meeting with Rajdeep Sardesai of India Today was the most eventful of the spate of TV interviews. 

The ex-RBI governor was lucid, sharp and forthright in his responses to the queries of the anchors. To the repeated questions on his leaving the RBI, he responded:  he left at the end of his term and that he was not asked to continue.

On demonetisation he was forthright: he mentioned that he was conscious of the serious problems that would arise over the short term and the doubtful benefits over the long term. He was not sanguine about the advantages and was worried about the costs. He mentioned that the decision on demonetisation was not taken at the time of his leaving.

His predictions in 2007 on global meltdown came true. His similar forebodings on the tough period ahead for India needs to be taken serious note.



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