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