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Boy, can you beat these? Protest masters... More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Build close rapport with business leaders Tough task taking states together Modi and the lady Muffled voices for merit… 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 A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Sweeter prospects for sugar The few handicaps... Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Moily’s bold thrust The star of Spencers is no more All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya This scant respect for Law Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Demise of a media baron... Discoms deserve better… Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V When the President was rendered homeless… A welcome initiative by the judiciary Kinetic Karnataka Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Delhi is distant Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Revving up the manufacturing sector Streamlining mandatory third party cover The rise and rise of KCP Contrarian cousins Fortune 500 review Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel He continues the focus on social amelioration Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... ONGC at KG Basin Robber barons everywhere Solar, solar everywhere … He saved millions from starvation... IAS invades NDDB... Roaring Ro-Ro facility A more liberated TN… Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ SoA @ 80 No Maha Koottani in TN... Readers' Mail Editor's Notes Wise Presidents Multi-faceted Venkat China invests in India TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Tatas moving out of urea production... Modi storms Silicon Valley No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Where is Rajaji? Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Tatas moving out of urea production... GNS - 100: our first subscriber Maximising the micro pricing … Pharma – overdose of copying TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... When small is no larger beautiful.. Rahman at CIC Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Music happens Plummeting profits of PSBs Tax agriculture Russi Mody – a tribute Nuclear power at the nucleus Waning interest in public discussions… Valli, they are more marginalised New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Quality education through the PPP mode Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Noble nonagenarians... EVM is tamper-proof F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Strengthen the base... IPL type auction for VCs? …and of a popular trade leader Gay abandon in pricing More tributes to GR Five star activism stalls development activity Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Mu Sigma – is no more Preserving for the future Mersal magnified Making ‘my Amaravati’... Where a state respects its litterateurs… An inexplicable neglect Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel A yen for wastage… The balancing act Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School TGS- The king storyteller Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Revive development banks... A glass full of corruption London, London Narayan Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Quality silica from Neyveli A friendly business group Lalu’s envy, India’s pride A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Tribute – M V Murugappan No engine for this car When online building permits work…. Adharma of opposition politics Cutting the nose to spite the face A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Towards speedy justice Airlines in India: cost and space Telangana in top gear… Fortune for Indian Airlines Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! An enemy’s enemy is a friend Convulsions in The Hindu The Jan Dhan bonanza Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital A think tank for Chennai The nuclear option Delhi returns to BJP TELANGANA at last…BUT Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Kudos to NDTV... A professional at the helm of IRDA... WTO Meet: resolved to meet again How Air-India loses customs... Auto components surge… Another Indian music maestro at the UN Breaththrough in malaria control Banning booze... Polls and promises Parliament in paralysis... Sweet news for TN sugar mills L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Haul over the coal B H Kothari - a tribute Building loyalty through the stomach Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra IPL - no surprise this scam More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? The why of tax incentives Shale gas and its shallow future Why land prices zoom in TN? Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt TIAM turns a full cycle Sri Lanka votes for change Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Tribute Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ For whom the bell tolls? PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Come elections, come advertisements... When nations steal growth from one another… The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's PC’s preference for professionals Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Shipping woes of Chennai companies Align crops to agro climate endowments… Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Don’t seem to feel the pulse… There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! EEC at the National Media Centre Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Put expensive assets created to use... Poor quality of university VCs Funding the un-funded Gas is the way forward Secularism and anti-Hinduism Editor's Says A proud Madrasi Silver Years of Madras Musings Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Shanti and Sadhana through Music The power-full Hindujas Why this malaise in medical education? CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Tribute – UCAL Selvan… The rise and fall of Annamalai University Should we change the official year? Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... The Swadeshi Trump The sea- saw battle continues... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... More heat than light Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Things happen by accident and not by design... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more The brown list of Venkitaramanan MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership GM Technology at last! Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Make standards certification mandatory... Road development slows down West Bengal: mindless malignancy Alexa – Talking Wikipedia L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Return to king coal for urea... Vibrant Gujarat Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Engineering seats go abegging Delhi Chalo... Cement prices continue to rise… Kulandai was a giant Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Solar thermal shines… Recognition to role of NBFCs.... The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu The Gulf aviation boom Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Which side are you, Montek? CII projects higher growth… S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Fuel for thought Welcome focus on core competence Welcome GST Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Intellectual of rare qualities Delhi is distant… Paytm karo... Small units prefers to remain small... Medical costs hit the roof... When Ratan Tata visited SRM Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna
 
Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan’s recent visit to India resembled a whistle-stop tour of American presidents. With good promotional efforts of his book I do What I do, he started with Chennai with an address at the Taj Coromandel. His involving Hindu’s director N Ravi ensured some media coverage. The next talk at Delhi,  the town hall meeting with Rajdeep Sardesai of India Today was the most eventful of the spate of TV interviews. 

The ex-RBI governor was lucid, sharp and forthright in his responses to the queries of the anchors. To the repeated questions on his leaving the RBI, he responded:  he left at the end of his term and that he was not asked to continue.

On demonetisation he was forthright: he mentioned that he was conscious of the serious problems that would arise over the short term and the doubtful benefits over the long term. He was not sanguine about the advantages and was worried about the costs. He mentioned that the decision on demonetisation was not taken at the time of his leaving.

His predictions in 2007 on global meltdown came true. His similar forebodings on the tough period ahead for India needs to be taken serious note.



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