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Sri Lanka votes for change Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Return to king coal for urea... Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Of course, Gujarat is vibrant TIAM turns a full cycle Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Shanti and Sadhana through Music The rise and fall of Annamalai University When nations steal growth from one another… L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Intellectual of rare qualities Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Editor's Says Quality silica from Neyveli An inexplicable neglect Haul over the coal The Gulf aviation boom Put expensive assets created to use... London, London Narayan Noble nonagenarians... GM Technology at last! Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Where a state respects its litterateurs… Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ PC’s preference for professionals Telangana in top gear… For whom the bell tolls? Parliament in paralysis... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Demise of a media baron... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up B H Kothari - a tribute Tax agriculture Fortune for Indian Airlines A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Modi and the lady A welcome initiative by the judiciary Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Music happens Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Multi-faceted Venkat Tough task taking states together Airlines in India: cost and space Delhi is distant… Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad The nuclear option Streamlining mandatory third party cover IPL - no surprise this scam A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Making ‘my Amaravati’... Why this malaise in medical education? No Maha Koottani in TN... TGS- The king storyteller Sweeter prospects for sugar Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Towards speedy justice Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? 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A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science More heat than light Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Nuclear power at the nucleus TELANGANA at last…BUT L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Mersal magnified Roaring Ro-Ro facility Solar, solar everywhere … The balancing act MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Delhi is distant The brown list of Venkitaramanan 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 Welcome focus on core competence Kulandai was a giant Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! 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When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Gay abandon in pricing A think tank for Chennai A yen for wastage… S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal A more liberated TN… Discoms deserve better… The why of tax incentives Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Moily’s bold thrust Another Indian music maestro at the UN Valli, they are more marginalised He saved millions from starvation... China invests in India Five star activism stalls development activity Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Robber barons everywhere Maximising the micro pricing … There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Wise Presidents Russi Mody – a tribute West Bengal: mindless malignancy Delhi returns to BJP Solar thermal shines… The few handicaps... Editor's Notes When small is no larger beautiful.. When online building permits work…. Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Engineering seats go abegging Come elections, come advertisements... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing More tributes to GR S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Small units prefers to remain small... This scant respect for Law Building loyalty through the stomach Sweet news for TN sugar mills The Jan Dhan bonanza Revive development banks... No engine for this car WTO Meet: resolved to meet again GNS - 100: our first subscriber Gas is the way forward TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Polls and promises Welcome GST The sea- saw battle continues... IAS invades NDDB... Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits...
 
Polls and promises

In April and May elections to state assemblies have been held in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. In Assam, the contest was between the two major national parties, the BJP and the Congress. In West Bengal, there was a strange alliance between the Left parties and the Congress fighting the incumbent Trinamool Congress with BJP pitching its claim.

In Kerala, one witnessed the traditional grouping of several parties led by the Congress and several others by the CPM. With the unflattering record of the Oommen Chandy-led United Democratic Front, the incumbent, there had been a strong anti-incumbency factor to power shifting again to the LDF.

One witnessed the strange scene: with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi working along with the Communists as alliance partners in West Bengal and liberally criticising the Communists in Kerala! BJP, which did not have a strong base in Kerala, has worked hard to make inroads into Kerala’s electoral politics and started with its first victory.

In Tamil Nadu the well-worn strategy of the two leading Dravidian parties, the DMK, and the AIADMK, forming strong alliances to contest, did not take place this time. AIADMK, buoyed by its resounding success of going alone in the Lok Sabha polls, opted to do likewise. The attempts made by the DMK to bring together parties opposed to the AIADMK under its umbrella, did not succeed. The state thus witnessed five-cornered contests: DMK-Congress, AIADMK, the MDMK led front of five parties, PMK and the BJP.

The two major Dravidian parties have been thriving on the promise of liberal freebies as also on cash for votes. Even with the state’s economy not in great shape, they continued promising freebies, with unclear explanations on budget provisions. But the Tamil Nadu voter doesn’t seem to bother about the poor state of the state’s finances.

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