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More tributes to GR The brown list of Venkitaramanan Cement prices continue to rise… Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Rahman at CIC Road development slows down Preserving for the future Sri Lanka votes for change No Maha Koottani in TN... Small units prefers to remain small... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Revive development banks... Where is Rajaji? Streamlining mandatory third party cover Vibrant Gujarat Quality education through the PPP mode A friendly business group The power-full Hindujas Breaththrough in malaria control Solar thermal shines… When Ratan Tata visited SRM When nations steal growth from one another… Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi IPL - no surprise this scam Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Towards speedy justice When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's How Air-India loses customs... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V The nuclear option Secularism and anti-Hinduism Demise of a media baron... Parliament in paralysis... The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Strengthen the base... Come elections, come advertisements... Boy, can you beat these? Should we change the official year? Adharma of opposition politics MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Medical costs hit the roof... Editor's Notes New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Where a state respects its litterateurs… An inexplicable neglect Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Remembering Indira Sivasailam... 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EEC at the National Media Centre Wise Presidents Maximising the micro pricing … Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Valli, they are more marginalised Waning interest in public discussions… Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Mu Sigma – is no more F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Contrarian cousins Making ‘my Amaravati’... Intellectual of rare qualities Editor's Says Mersal magnified Auto components surge… Multi-faceted Venkat Tatas moving out of urea production... No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Which side are you, Montek? WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Delhi Chalo... Welcome focus on core competence Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Moily’s bold thrust CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... IAS invades NDDB... 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Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Build close rapport with business leaders Funding the un-funded The Swadeshi Trump A yen for wastage… Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Return to king coal for urea... West Bengal: mindless malignancy Shale gas and its shallow future CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Telangana in top gear… Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated A glass full of corruption Five star activism stalls development activity Fortune 500 review Tribute IPL type auction for VCs? Recognition to role of NBFCs.... TGS- The king storyteller Tough task taking states together Why this malaise in medical education? A more liberated TN… Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Roaring Ro-Ro facility Align crops to agro climate endowments… For whom the bell tolls? Silver Years of Madras Musings Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Robber barons everywhere Delhi returns to BJP Plummeting profits of PSBs Don’t seem to feel the pulse… The few handicaps... The star of Spencers is no more More heat than light
 
Muffled voices for merit…

In the February issue of IE I referred to the disruption to the court work by lawyers with demands including caste-based reservations in the selection of judges. Earlier, several leaders of caste groups objected to the Tamil Nadu government recruiting specialist doctors for a super specialty hospital on the basis of merit and not by the

reservation criteria. Interestingly, a few political leaders suggested a deviation from this settled policy. The chief spokesperson of the Congress party, Janardhan Dwivedi, expressed his opinion that reservations and special preferences should be given on economic criteria. C Aranganayakam, a former Minister of Education in the AIADMK government, who crossed over to the DMK, recently resigned from the DMK. The reason he attributed is again the neglect of merit and the insistence on  caste-based reservations.

M G Ramachandran (MGR), soon after assuming charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977, announced a plan to extend reservations on the basis of economic criteria. But the Tamil society, riven by caste differences  for decades, would not agree. Political parties and other leaders mounted a severe attack and forced MGR to retract. Rattled by the severity of opposition, MGR not merely retracted, but expanded the share of reservation for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes to 69 per cent against the limit prescribed by the constitution of 50 per cent!

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