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Fortune for Indian Airlines The Swadeshi Trump No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Tatas moving out of urea production... A welcome initiative by the judiciary The why of tax incentives New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… How Air-India loses customs... CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Tough task taking states together No Maha Koottani in TN... Preserving for the future Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model TELANGANA at last…BUT Marketing expert Balagopal is no more For whom the bell tolls? An inexplicable neglect Haul over the coal Strengthen the base... Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Airlines in India: cost and space A think tank for Chennai Towards speedy justice Polls and promises EEC at the National Media Centre Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Delhi is distant A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… The rise and rise of KCP For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Russi Mody – a tribute Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Fuel for thought Which side are you, Montek? Tax agriculture Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet A proud Madrasi F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Gay abandon in pricing Music happens A glass full of corruption Another Indian music maestro at the UN Convulsions in The Hindu Welcome focus on core competence Discoms deserve better… IPL type auction for VCs? A friendly business group Demise of a media baron... Where is Rajaji? Editor's Says Fortune 500 review Mersal magnified Solar thermal shines… Delhi is distant… R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital London, London Narayan Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Sri Lanka votes for change Sweeter prospects for sugar Contrarian cousins When Ratan Tata visited SRM Moily’s bold thrust Tribute Protest masters... Tribute – M V Murugappan TGS- The king storyteller A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Where a state respects its litterateurs… WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Cutting the nose to spite the face There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! The few handicaps... Remembering Indira Sivasailam... The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Pharma – overdose of copying Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Parliament in paralysis... The sea- saw battle continues... 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Boy, can you beat these? West Bengal: mindless malignancy A more liberated TN… Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai GNS - 100: our first subscriber S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks ONGC at KG Basin The balancing act Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Readers' Mail Wise Presidents S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Robber barons everywhere CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... The Jan Dhan bonanza Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... 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Valli, they are more marginalised Align crops to agro climate endowments… Maximising the micro pricing … Breaththrough in malaria control EVM is tamper-proof Shipping woes of Chennai companies Things happen by accident and not by design... Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu More tributes to GR Small units prefers to remain small... When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Funding the un-funded A professional at the helm of IRDA... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked CII projects higher growth… Mu Sigma – is no more Editor's Notes Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Permanent secretariat for TN GIM When small is no larger beautiful.. More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Waning interest in public discussions… Nuclear power at the nucleus Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit!
 
Tribute – UCAL Selvan…

The demise of C V Karthik Narayanan (CVK) marked a loss of a multifaceted business leader. CVK, a grandson of Dr C P Ramaswamy Iyer, took charge of Standard Motor Products of India Ltd from his father-in-law K V Srinivasan. 

Founded by K Gopalakrishna (KG) Standard Motors, part of the Union Motors group, was an iconic brand for a couple of decades. KG set up the facility in collaboration with the British Standard-Triumph International after distributing the cars imported earlier. SMPI initially assembled the cars out of CKD and SKD packs. The brands Vanguard, Standard 10, Companion, Herald… with sturdy and efficient engines, commanded a modest clientele (I started my auto journey with a Standard Herald in 1969 then priced Rs 18,000; it performed so well and was low on maintenance). 

CVK focused on the light commercial vehicle Standard 20, priced low and offered decent performance. In the era of licences and controls, it was popular and profitable for the company even producing at low volumes of a few hundred. 

In the late 1980s, with great optimism, CVK introduced the Standard 2000 sedan as a luxury car. Launching it, then President R Venkataraman hailed it as ‘a beauty and an engineering marvel.’ 

To manufacture these CVK imported the machine tools and the entire equipment from Britain after the British company discontinued production of this model, at a modest price (of around Rs 85 lakh). However, powering it with the old Vanguard engine was not effective and resulted in low mileage. Big Brother Hindustan Motors’ C K Birla found it a competitor to his equally gas guzzling Contessa and succeeded in pushing out the Standard 2000. SMPI turned sick and CVK focused on UCAL Auto Private Ltd, UCAL Products Pvt Ltd and UCAL Travels. With land prices soaring, the large land mass acquired by KG was a boon. 

CVK will also be remembered for his monumental work in translating the popular Tamil writer Kalki’s historic novel Ponniyin Selvan into English. 

CVK’s daughter Gayathri Sriram is the Senior Vice President, Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industries. 



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