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Poor quality of university VCs TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Shipping woes of Chennai companies Quality education through the PPP mode The Jan Dhan bonanza More heat than light Revive development banks... Telangana in top gear… Road development slows down China invests in India Paytm karo... Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Tribute – M V Murugappan MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Sri Lanka votes for change Pharma – overdose of copying Gay abandon in pricing CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Banning booze... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Welcome GST No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Kudos to NDTV... When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Russi Mody – a tribute Vibrant Gujarat A think tank for Chennai Return to king coal for urea... Boy, can you beat these? Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School IPL - no surprise this scam CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... 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Medical costs hit the roof... Music happens Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Demise of a media baron... London, London Narayan Another Indian music maestro at the UN More tributes to GR S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Polls and promises F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Tribute – UCAL Selvan… IAS invades NDDB... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Fuel for thought Streamlining mandatory third party cover Tough task taking states together Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Solar, solar everywhere … Excel Generators provide the vital back-up The rise and rise of KCP Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Haul over the coal Silver Years of Madras Musings Secularism and anti-Hinduism CII projects higher growth… ONGC at KG Basin Five star activism stalls development activity Mersal magnified He continues the focus on social amelioration Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Welcome focus on core competence More Shakti to resource mobilisation... 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A professional at the helm of IRDA... Small units prefers to remain small... The nuclear option Readers' Mail Shale gas and its shallow future A more liberated TN… Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Where is Rajaji? Roaring Ro-Ro facility Things happen by accident and not by design... The Gulf aviation boom The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Plummeting profits of PSBs Adharma of opposition politics The power-full Hindujas Should we change the official year? When the President was rendered homeless… Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Why land prices zoom in TN? Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. 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Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Rahman at CIC R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital The why of tax incentives Moily’s bold thrust Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Delhi is distant A proud Madrasi Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Multi-faceted Venkat Tax agriculture 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 Quality silica from Neyveli Build close rapport with business leaders Gas is the way forward Where a state respects its litterateurs… L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… B H Kothari - a tribute
 
Silver Years of Madras Musings

Madras Musings (MM) completed 25 years of publication. The brainchild of the historian and chronicler of Madras, S Muthiah, MM has been instilling in its citizens a sense of pride and belonging to this 377-year-old metro. IE has been carefully following the rich contribution of MM. The very many campaigns conducted on preserving our heritage and nurturing interest in the city’s great history have been commendable.

I remember the disappointment and poignancy of Muthiah when Madras did not celebrate its 350th year even while Kolkata celebrated with fanfare 300 years of its birth in 1990. In the Madras metro of migrants, there was little effort to applaud its rich heritage. IE presented in 1990 a feature on the history and evolution of Madras written by Muthiah. The additional bonus was the liberal drawal from the photo archives of the brilliant photographer Narayanachari.

Happily, the persistent campaign of Muthiah helped celebrate Madras Day in subsequent years. Starting with a week-long celebration, it was extended to a fortnight and now, to almost the whole of August. What an array of lectures, reminiscences, walks, discussions, culinary delights!

At one point, Lokvani Hallmark Press, which graciously footed the bill in earlier years, could not continue to do so. Muthiah sang the swan song and announced ceasing of publication. N Sankar of Chemplast stepped in. Apart from extending his support, he ensured commitment from a dozen other entrepreneurs of the city that ensured MM’s continuance. (Sankar had striven to save another icon of Chennai, the Aside magazine of Abraham Eraly, which was published for a while as a prestigious news magazine of Madras. Sadly, it did not succeed.)

With veteran Muthiah at the helm, MM has been expanding its coverage and reach. Its fortnightly issues are looked forward to for a rich fare of Madras’ heritage in arts, culture, literature, music, sports, media, civic issues et al.

IE wishes MM an even more impressive march towards its golden jubilee.

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