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How will it PAN OUT The deluge and the several kindly souls Focus on southern TN... Rail-road Rajaraman Strategic planning the missing link Deming awardees galore! 1800 parties registered with EC – Less than 60 contest elections Tryst with GST They add lustre to Padma Awards When the examiner cheated... Sustainably developing manufacturing sector… Low profile moves A tale of two Bihar babus Truce at Kasturi Buildings Much ado about nothing Policy Makers An eventful week with VVIPs of Delhi You too T M Krishna? Welcome move to widen the tax net… Babes In the wood-RBI North block has little clue to curb inflation In the horns of a dilemma Well-administered State Need for radical RBI reform It’s raining funds for states. Really? Pool energy prices Two welcome measures from the chief minister... A historic indirect tax reform Tax evaders’ get out of Jail-Free Card South India’s 100 most valuable companies Why throw baby with bath water? Economy through the month Oh my GOLD Miles to go... Sardar Sarovar – the seventy year itch Focus on agriculture and human resources PC please be our Santa Jobs - Lost, Changed or Gained Research for survival... Wanted: decentralised financial system Healthy finances of the Chennai Corporation A dual GST that will protect prosperous states A gratifying record Outward ho A blueprint for the future Make way for Make in India... Kudos to GIM organisers... Skewed Economic Zones? No groundnuts in groundnut oil! Chennai Airport-Ready for a rapid take off... Little surplus after salaries, subsidies and debt servicing Technology and economic development should be linked Weaving wealth of western Tamil Nadu Sowing seeds of hope Cleansing Indian retail CSR, tech revolution and bank crisis Need plan over the long term planning Ganesh’s mantras Breaking news or breaking credibility? Indian GST – Between extremes… TN - so much to offer... Star of the South If not Tamil Nadu, where else? INDIA keeps its date with destiny Why (not) abolish? Much can be done by us Babes In the wood-RBI North block has little clue to curb inflation After all, customer is the king The Great Fall CAD and the emergency thereof Welcome rains for damaged roads... Better relations with UK... Welcome Measures. Work for 10X Change Trail-blazing Tamil Nadu An eco-friendly commute in Mysuru Public investments and welfare will surge Land, land everywhere, but... Industry can’t get it from Mars, yet A Fine division of responsibilities Reform this licence to…kill What the big B should offer? MS Installed BJP can now hasten its thrust for reforms
 
Truce at Kasturi Buildings

The Kasturi clan running The Hindu Group of Publications seems to have brought peace among the warring scions. Competition from Times of India,  more recently from Daily Thanthi, the electronic media, as also better financials seem to have helped in this truce. Chairman N Ram seems to have struck a new arrangement: through de-merger, a new holding company has been formed and liberally provided for higher posts: N Murali is chairman and Nalini Krishnan co-chairperson of the holding company, Kasturi & Sons Ltd. The existing directors of the pre-merged KSL constitute the board of the holding company.

Ram is the new Chairman and Dr. Malini Parthasarathy Co-Chairperson of The Hindu Group’s publishing company, THG Publishing Private Ltd, whose Board is stacked with the existing directors of Kasturi & Sons Ltd. The Hindu Group’s newspapers, magazines, and digital news media publications are now a part of this company.

N Ravi has been appointed Publisher of The Hindu and the other publications of The Hindu Group. Earlier editors, N Ravi and Malini Parthasarathy, are also to run along with Ram the Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy. One notices younger scions like Vidya Ram given more space. 

In the past, under the management of G Narasimhan and G Kasturi, it was taboo for staff to show their face in public events. Senior journalists were not permitted to participate in discussion programmes over radio, television and other media. With Ram active in several fora, things have changed. Today one finds journalists of The Hindu participating freely in such discussion programmes. Simultaneously K Venu has been aggressive forging partnerships with several industry associations, sponsoring events and fielding senior journalists in discussion with celebrities. With this move, The Hindu has been pre-empting space for other newspapers, resulting in lack of enthusiasm on their part to cover even major events associated with The Hindu. 

Of course, The Hindu continues with left-of-Centre and a not-quite-transparent antagonism towards the BJP. The usual suspects-Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Shiv Visvanathan, T M Krishna and Congress spokespersons in Delhi-are given liberal space. 

Contrast this with phasing out the space given to Hindu religious discourses for decades. I remember the quip once Jawaharlal Nehru reportedly made to Delhi Correspondent Rangaswamy on a pointed ‘secular’ query with an anti-Hindu slant: “Ranga, may I remind you of the name of your paper (Hindu)!” 



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