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Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Editor's Notes A friendly business group Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School The few handicaps... R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Maximising the micro pricing … CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Quality silica from Neyveli Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Boy, can you beat these? Mu Sigma – is no more GM Technology at last! TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Shipping woes of Chennai companies Plummeting profits of PSBs Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Tribute Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Kudos to NDTV... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… EEC at the National Media Centre Building loyalty through the stomach Where a state respects its litterateurs… Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Build close rapport with business leaders Tax agriculture MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Telangana in top gear… Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated When small is no larger beautiful.. A more liberated TN… Breaththrough in malaria control Medical costs hit the roof... Return to king coal for urea... Adharma of opposition politics Paytm karo... Music happens Cement prices continue to rise… A glass full of corruption Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Shale gas and its shallow future Roaring Ro-Ro facility Pharma – overdose of copying Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Small units prefers to remain small... More heat than light Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Auto components surge… CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. The power-full Hindujas Modi storms Silicon Valley Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami A think tank for Chennai Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... CII projects higher growth… Delhi is distant No Maha Koottani in TN... Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Gas is the way forward Solar thermal shines… How Air-India loses customs... Tough task taking states together Strengthen the base... IPL type auction for VCs? Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel West Bengal: mindless malignancy Road development slows down For whom the bell tolls? PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Funding the un-funded Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Quality education through the PPP mode Sri Lanka votes for change Delhi Chalo... The balancing act …and of a popular trade leader GNS - 100: our first subscriber An inexplicable neglect Engineering seats go abegging IAS invades NDDB... Waning interest in public discussions… Convulsions in The Hindu When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Banning booze... Editor's Says A rich pool of talent not utilised…. EVM is tamper-proof Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Making ‘my Amaravati’... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Align crops to agro climate endowments… Discoms deserve better… 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 S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Another Indian music maestro at the UN An enemy’s enemy is a friend Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! The nuclear option Sweeter prospects for sugar Rahman at CIC The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Kinetic Karnataka Robber barons everywhere Haul over the coal Make standards certification mandatory... Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Kulandai was a giant IPL - no surprise this scam Contrarian cousins Vibrant Gujarat Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? London, London Narayan The rise and rise of KCP Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Sweet news for TN sugar mills Delhi returns to BJP Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Fortune for Indian Airlines Remembering Indira Sivasailam... An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking...
 
…and of a popular trade leader
After capturing political power, a political party eyes the potential for winning the goodwill of large sections of the labour class. The struggle is all the harder for regional political parties fresh to power as they have to dethrone well-entrenched trade union leaders of the traditional INTUC (Congress), AITUC and CITU(Communists).

I remember the bloody battle waged by DMK in the early 1970s to gain control over large trade unions. In 1971 the battle for control of the Simpson and General Workers Union resulted in the murder of a leader at the Sembium plant of Simpsons and in a prolonged strike by over 16,000 workers spread over a month. Of course the party in power lent its support and the Labour Progressive Front(LPF) of DMK gained control of hundreds of trade unions across the state.

C Kuppusamy(CK) emerged as one of the most powerful leaders of LPF. After serving the Railways for two decades, where he cut his teeth in trade union activity, CK shaped the course for LPF for three decades. CK was elected to the Lok Sabha for three terms. Thanks to such labour leaders, the state has been enjoying peaceful industrial relations for quite some time. In his demise LPF has lost one of its pillars.  



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