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The rise and fall of Annamalai University Five star activism stalls development activity Medical costs hit the roof... Solar thermal shines… Return to king coal for urea... When the President was rendered homeless… Where a state respects its litterateurs… The why of tax incentives CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? EVM is tamper-proof He continues the focus on social amelioration IPL type auction for VCs? Delhi is distant… SoA @ 80 TIAM turns a full cycle New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Delhi is distant Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Contrarian cousins Why this malaise in medical education? The rise and rise of KCP More tributes to GR Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Preserving for the future The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science When nations steal growth from one another… The balancing act Build close rapport with business leaders IAS invades NDDB... 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Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Sweeter prospects for sugar Revving up the manufacturing sector Why land prices zoom in TN? This scant respect for Law Small units prefers to remain small... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Russi Mody – a tribute Fortune for Indian Airlines Tough task taking states together Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai More heat than light Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan The nuclear option Kinetic Karnataka Delhi Chalo... Valli, they are more marginalised More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS A professional at the helm of IRDA... 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Mu Sigma – is no more Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! The Gulf aviation boom Cement prices continue to rise… Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! The few handicaps... Make standards certification mandatory... S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Put expensive assets created to use... Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi ONGC at KG Basin Road development slows down He saved millions from starvation... Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Boy, can you beat these? When small is no larger beautiful.. Come elections, come advertisements... Modi and the lady Maximising the micro pricing … S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Multi-faceted Venkat
 
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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