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Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Banning booze... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Solar, solar everywhere … Tribute More heat than light Where a state respects its litterateurs… The Jan Dhan bonanza Kulandai was a giant Things happen by accident and not by design... Wise Presidents Cement prices continue to rise… Streamlining mandatory third party cover Robber barons everywhere Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Telangana in top gear… Shanti and Sadhana through Music Editor's Notes Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Vibrant Gujarat Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet The nuclear option Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Discoms deserve better… Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research For whom the bell tolls? 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PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Tatas moving out of urea production... Readers' Mail Make standards certification mandatory... More tributes to GR This scant respect for Law Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Pharma – overdose of copying Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Welcome GST Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Valli, they are more marginalised EVM is tamper-proof New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Muffled voices for merit… Small units prefers to remain small... Revive development banks... WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Tatas moving out of urea production... A proud Madrasi L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Russi Mody – a tribute Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Tough task taking states together Editor's Says Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Contrarian cousins A think tank for Chennai Maximising the micro pricing … When Ratan Tata visited SRM Quality education through the PPP mode
 
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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