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Where a state respects its litterateurs… Sweeter prospects for sugar Editor's Says More heat than light An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... This scant respect for Law Adharma of opposition politics A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Quality education through the PPP mode IAS invades NDDB... …and of a popular trade leader When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Telangana in top gear… MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ An enemy’s enemy is a friend Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Delhi is distant… Welcome GST When small is no larger beautiful.. Paytm karo... Put expensive assets created to use... TGS- The king storyteller IPL type auction for VCs? 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London, London Narayan

The doyen of Indian tyre industry, K M Mammen Mappllai, used to address the chairman of Rane Group, L L Narayan, as London London Narayan, for his frequent trips to London and the collaborations he tied up. LLN built the famous auto component units of Rane Madras, Engine Valves and Rane Brake Linings into reputed industrial enterprises, from scratch. For over five decades, the group has maintained its lead in this race. Importantly, these units won the prestigious Deming award for their consistent quality and systems. 

In line with the pattern observed, especially in Chennai, of large trading houses taking up the manufacture of the imported products they handled, Rane set up manufacturing facilities in collaboration with famous British companies. In no time, the product range expanded from tie rod ends to steering assemblies engine valves, brake linings and so on. With sharp focus, LLN ensured quick transfer of technology, assimilating the production techniques and continued its expansion to meet the growing demand from OEM and the aftermarket. 

LLN also had broader social concerns. He was intimately involved with the Ganapathy Iyer Higher Secondary School, Gopalapuram, named after the founder of Rane and his father-in-law, and with Meenakshi College for Women. The group set up the Margaret Sidney Hospital in Nanganallur, one of the earliest community public health centeres. 

The Chennai pioneers also had time to stand and stare. I remember the regular after-lunch sessions at V D 

Swami & Co for a game of cards. LLN and R Narayan among others, used to rummy together with VD Swami, in a specially designed ante-room at the Khivraj Mansions office of Swami. 


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