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

There have been several references to my review of the Memoir by the renowned civil servant G Ramachandran (How adroitly GR walked with giants, IE Dec 2013). I met GR on 18 November. He was on a wheel chair, rather weak and reminisced on some of his experiences. He battled against cancer and passed away on 22 November. It was providential that his family succeeded in prevailing upon him to dictate his memoirs. His elephantine memory and sharp intellect provided for one of the finest recordings of  nearly four decades of his walking with giants.  I received a call from the Prime Minister’s Personal Secretary I S Chaturvedi conveying the condolence of the PM who had worked along with GR for long. V Ramachandran, another illustrious civil servant of the Kerala cadre who succeeded GR at the PMO, has recalled GR as his mentor. Another close friend S Sethuraman, the renowned economic journalist who worked with PTI with distinction, recalled GR’s simplicity and vast knowledge on men and matters.

I again express my concern over the lack of suitable recognition by the state, the media and intelligentsia in general to the services of such outstanding men, outside politics, films, art and sports.

 

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