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

Recently I visited the Yosemite National Park in California, USA. It was a sight to see miles upon miles of groves of Sequoia trees. These giant trees just dwarf even the largest pine trees that grow along with them! Extensive information on this displayed in simple terms all along the park mentions that these trees grow over to 160 ft, can live for over 2000 years and the trunk can reach over 25 ft thickness.  

The high Sierra range of mountains provide a very vast diversity of nature. One can travel hundreds of miles along granite mountains and spacious meadows. Over centuries, glaciers have shaped this landscape. John Muir, the naturalist, credited with exploring these grand bequeath of nature mentions about the valley: “everything is flowing, going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water.”

What struck me as most significant was the American society’s concern for preserving this precious heritage. As early as in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill to preserve the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley. Thus was born the concern for setting up and preserving dozens of national parks across the country.

Sadly, such a concern is not visible in India. How careless we have been in losing precious forest wealth by mindless encroachments! Of spoiling our precious long coastline by reckless construction so close to the shore! As late as in the 1970s the Tamil Nadu government constructed tenements on the Santhome seashore which had turned an eyesore; miles upon miles of reckless construction in Tiruvanmiyur and further down south so close to the seashore!

 

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