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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 MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Boy, can you beat these? No Maha Koottani in TN... This scant respect for Law Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Build close rapport with business leaders A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Permanent secretariat for TN GIM The why of tax incentives Put expensive assets created to use... He continues the focus on social amelioration Modi and the lady Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Which side are you, Montek? When nations steal growth from one another… Muffled voices for merit… Rahman at CIC No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Mu Sigma – is no more Welcome GST A more liberated TN… Paytm karo... 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Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model GNS - 100: our first subscriber Convulsions in The Hindu Small units prefers to remain small... Fortune for Indian Airlines Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Sri Lanka votes for change When small is no larger beautiful.. Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS CII projects higher growth… The balancing act When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Tatas moving out of urea production... Things happen by accident and not by design... Polls and promises Of course, Gujarat is vibrant An enemy’s enemy is a friend Plummeting profits of PSBs Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Auto components surge… When the President was rendered homeless… A yen for wastage… Fortune 500 review Kudos to NDTV... Tax agriculture Silver Years of Madras Musings Gas is the way forward CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? 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The star of Spencers is no more

For over a decade Pradipta K Mohapatra was a star speaker at CII and other platforms on retail business. To him should go the credit of setting up India’s first retail supermarket chain, Spencer’s Food World, followed by Music World and Health & Glow. Joining RPG’s Spencer & Co, he was put in-charge of expanding activities that ranged from retail to hotels to telecom in the south.

Pradipta also took keen interest in business management education and training. He was a much sought-after CEO coach. He was the co-founder of the Chennai Business School, as also the Coaching Foundation India. This multifaceted engineer and a management expert worked for L&T and Dunlop and was a Director of  the RPG group. Gregarious and articulate, Pradipta was the past chairman of CII, Southern Region and contributed richly to the social, cultural and educational development of Chennai metro.


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