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Mu Sigma – is no more This scant respect for Law A rich pool of talent not utilised…. An enemy’s enemy is a friend The rise and fall of Annamalai University Kudos to NDTV... More heat than light Welcome focus on core competence Engineering seats go abegging Sri Lanka votes for change No engine for this car Shipping woes of Chennai companies Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS A think tank for Chennai Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Vibrant Gujarat Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Wanted: a second airport for Chennai He continues the focus on social amelioration TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? GM Technology at last! Music happens For whom the bell tolls? Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Make standards certification mandatory... 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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 China invests in India Editor's Says Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! More Shakti to resource mobilisation... The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Tatas moving out of urea production... Paytm karo... Kinetic Karnataka Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! The nuclear option Don’t seem to feel the pulse… TELANGANA at last…BUT Shale gas and its shallow future The few handicaps... Pharma – overdose of copying Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Roaring Ro-Ro facility Five star activism stalls development activity L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan B H Kothari - a tribute A friendly business group Parliament in paralysis... 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Polls and promises Poor quality of university VCs Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Put expensive assets created to use... Sweet news for TN sugar mills Airlines in India: cost and space Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Things happen by accident and not by design... An inexplicable neglect The power-full Hindujas Excel Generators provide the vital back-up For whom the MIDS bell tolls? The Gulf aviation boom A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Fuel for thought The why of tax incentives Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Quality education through the PPP mode Tribute – M V Murugappan The Swadeshi Trump Valli, they are more marginalised Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Should we change the official year? All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Towards speedy justice Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Mersal magnified Building loyalty through the stomach Strengthen the base... PC’s preference for professionals Intellectual of rare qualities Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Return to king coal for urea... S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Welcome GST Making ‘my Amaravati’... SoA @ 80 Maximising the micro pricing … PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Tatas moving out of urea production... Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Robber barons everywhere Fortune for Indian Airlines Small units prefers to remain small...
 
Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ

For over a month now, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, has been hospitalised. It’s welcome news that she is slowly but surely recovering. 

Jayalalithaa has been a unique phenomenon, emerging as the most powerful politician of Tamil Nadu. The switch from an actor to a leader was not easy. The odds were stacked heavily against her. During MGR’s long hospitalisation, the old guards under-estimated Jayalalithaa’s prowess and side-lined her. The split of the party helped the DMK come back to power in 1989. I was covering the assembly and remember DMK leaders, including M Karunanidhi and Duraimurugan, hurtling insults and innuendos during the assembly session on 25 March 1989.

An indefatigable fighter, Jayalalithaa captured power in the 1991 election that was called in the aftermath of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination after dismissal of the DMK government. The DMK won just two seats. Under her leadership, the AIADMK won again in the 2001, 2011 and 2016 elections. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the AIADMK won 37 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu. Besides, it also has 11 members in the Rajya Sabha, thus having a strong presence in the Parliament as well. Jayalalithaa has been the sole campaigner for her party. Her extensive campaigns across the state have been responsible for her party’s overwhelming success. Naturally, she commands total loyalty of her partymen. She has taken on herself onerous responsibility in administering the state. These understandably have taken a heavy toll on her health. But, known for her indomitable fighting spirit, I hope her will power and the efforts of the specialist doctors, will help her regain full health. 



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