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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 He saved millions from starvation... Readers' Mail Airlines in India: cost and space Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Where a state respects its litterateurs… Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra IAS invades NDDB... R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital The Jan Dhan bonanza Roaring Ro-Ro facility Align crops to agro climate endowments… Maximising the micro pricing … More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... 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Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks An enemy’s enemy is a friend Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Fuel for thought L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Funding the un-funded Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Parliament in paralysis... A professional at the helm of IRDA... More tributes to GR Why this malaise in medical education? Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Breaththrough in malaria control Polls and promises Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria More heat than light Streamlining mandatory third party cover Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Tatas moving out of urea production... Revive development banks... Put expensive assets created to use... 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More heat than light

I remember one of the tenets of Hind Lever, that close association with media persons does not guarantee favourable promotion and that it is best to keep aloof. Several large corporates seem to believe in using their advertising clout for favourable projections. The Nira Radia tapes did reveal the attempt to build bonhomie with journalists from mass media but sadly exposed the unreliability of this approach.

Political leaders at the top rung are wary of mass media. They seem to follow the belief of large multinational like Hindustan Unilever that it is best to keep away from media except to advertise for product promotion. The repeated refrain of Rahul Gandhi on issues like women empowerment in his interview to Arnab Goswami proved disastrous for the Congress party. After her unhappy encounter with Karan Thapar for a BBC interview, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa withdrew even further from media interviews. Narendra Modi had walked out of a Thapar interview when faced with a bouncer of a question.

Thus there was much interest in the interviews that Modi gave to television channels. A seasoned politician he is, Modi handled these relatively less known journalists with ease. There were the familiar questions on an apology for the 2002 riots and the response again has been on familiar lines. Modi handled the questions with consummate ease and was convincing in his response.

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