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Editor's Notes Multi-faceted Venkat Engineering seats go abegging Rahman at CIC More heat than light Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Solar thermal shines… Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Should we change the official year? Excel Generators provide the vital back-up How Air-India loses customs... A think tank for Chennai Tax agriculture Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Moily’s bold thrust No Maha Koottani in TN... The few handicaps... Why this malaise in medical education? R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Streamlining mandatory third party cover Towards speedy justice Poor quality of university VCs Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS A glass full of corruption A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Music happens 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 Vibrant Gujarat Road development slows down Put expensive assets created to use... Delhi returns to BJP Strengthen the base... B H Kothari - a tribute CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Auto components surge… The power-full Hindujas PC’s preference for professionals Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... The why of tax incentives Valli, they are more marginalised Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Medical costs hit the roof... Pharma – overdose of copying Things happen by accident and not by design... Secularism and anti-Hinduism Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? GNS - 100: our first subscriber Quality silica from Neyveli GM Technology at last! Readers' Mail Gay abandon in pricing Modi storms Silicon Valley Nuclear power at the nucleus Parliament in paralysis... Sri Lanka votes for change Mersal magnified Convulsions in The Hindu Wise Presidents Fortune 500 review Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Delhi is distant… Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Noble nonagenarians... TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Adharma of opposition politics This scant respect for Law Tough task taking states together Tribute – M V Murugappan Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Where is Rajaji? Demise of a media baron... The star of Spencers is no more L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra An inexplicable neglect Quality education through the PPP mode Remembering Indira Sivasailam... 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IPL - no surprise this scam Shipping woes of Chennai companies Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Cement prices continue to rise… Tatas moving out of urea production... Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Maximising the micro pricing … The Gulf aviation boom Building loyalty through the stomach Tatas moving out of urea production... The nuclear option The Swadeshi Trump Welcome GST A yen for wastage… TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Fuel for thought Protest masters... Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel A welcome initiative by the judiciary Kinetic Karnataka Preserving for the future Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai More Shakti to resource mobilisation... 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Delhi is distant He saved millions from starvation... Haul over the coal Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Welcome focus on core competence When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Paytm karo... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... SoA @ 80 When nations steal growth from one another… No engine for this car S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Telangana in top gear… Shale gas and its shallow future The brown list of Venkitaramanan CII projects higher growth… Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi EEC at the National Media Centre China invests in India Which side are you, Montek? 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Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Another Indian music maestro at the UN Polls and promises PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Fortune for Indian Airlines Small units prefers to remain small... Making ‘my Amaravati’... Editor's Says Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai When online building permits work…. He continues the focus on social amelioration A friendly business group Breaththrough in malaria control Alexa – Talking Wikipedia More tributes to GR Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL The Jan Dhan bonanza L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… The rise and fall of Annamalai University Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Tribute WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Kudos to NDTV...
 
Wise Presidents

The contest for the post of Vice President has reduced to Gopalkrishna Gandhi (GKG) and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. The former has been proposed jointly by several political parties opposed to the NDA. 

GKG,  a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, belonged to the Tamil Nadu cadre of IAS and functioned as the private secretary to President R Venkataraman, High Commissioner for India at South Africa and retired as the Governor of West Bengal.  Settling down in Chennai he has been a regular fixture  in literary and cultural discussion programmes. He also fits in well with the nationalist newspaper, The Hindu’s not-so-friendly stances on Narendra Modi. GKG is part of the secular ‘brigade’ and frequently waxes eloquence  against  the several policies and preferences of the Modi government,

So, GKG  syncs well with the requirements of the anti-BJP parties which originally planned to field him as their nominee for the presidential election. When the BJP selected Ram Nath Kovind, a dalit, these parties wanted to match the contest with another dalit representative and fielded Meira Kumar, Jagjivan Ram’s daughter and a Speaker of the Lok Sabha during the UPA regime.

GKG  understandably  has  to be on the right side of the leaders in opposition. He must have remembered the Chanakya, his illustrious grandfather Rajaji,  in uniting parties opposed to the Congress that included the DMK and the Communists and defeated the Congress in 1967. The Congress never regained power  in Tamil Nadu in the next 50 years. You can understand  GKG singing the paeans of  DMK supremo M Karunanidhi on the latter’s 94th birthday in  his article in The Hindu.

Few can question the multifaceted traits of Karunanidhi, especially his rich contribution as a literateur, playwright, fiery orator, organiser et al. But the incalculable damage he had caused by institutionalising corruption,  bloating the bureaucracy, neglecting growth,  lacking long term vision for economic development,  zealously enriching  his family’s fortunes, years of denigrating Rajaji and creating a divisive Tamil society... have all been sidelined in GKG’s article. Of course, the size of corruption seems to have been dwarfed by that of Jalyalalithaa. 

The BJP has chosen to field the seasoned politician M Venkaiah Naidu.  From the student days he has been active in politics and  was elected as the Member of the Rajya Sabha for four terms. Naidu has been among the prominent  BJP politicians who have held the posts of General Secretary and President of  BJP.  Naidu, as the Parliamentary Affairs Minister earlier had built good rapport with leaders of other political parties.

In the absence of tall leaders of BJP in the southern region, the party has relied much on Naidu. Remember, the close rapport he built with J Jayalalithaa even while she kept a long  distance from Central ministers? Minister  of  Power and Coal Piyush Goyal expressed concern  over the inaccessibility of chief minister Jayalalithaa and her opposition to  even beneficial schemes like UDAY. But Venkaih Naidu differed and claimed easy access. He endeared himself  with the Tamil Nadu government by making frequent visits to Chennai  during the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa and with his long presence at the Rajaji Hall when the mortal remains of Jayalalithaa were kept for public view.  He further strengthened this relationship with chief minister 

E K Palaniswami and conducted a joint press conference from the Secretariat for the first time in decades. Naidu has also been maintaining such close relations with the other illustrious Naidu: AP chief Minister Chandrababu. Together the Naidus have been working for the development of AP.  Venkaiah’s  long experience as member of Rajya Sabha would stand him in good stead as the chairman of Rajya Sabha in which the BJP is in a minority. 

Electoral arithmetic points to Naidu winning  easily over GKG.With Naidu‘s resignation the entire south lacks representation of a strong, eloquent and popular leader.  Apart from inducting the senior BJP leader of Tamil Nadu,  L Ganesan, now a member of the Rajya Sabha, into the cabinet,  Modi should even look for such talent outside the party.



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