Tamil Nadu is getting it all wrong

The government of Tamil Nadu is getting good at the cleanup job. But are they throwing the baby with the bathwater? The textile industry and the fireworks industry have almost come to a grinding halt. The recent closure of Sterlite is another great example. Instead of mediating between businesses and the activist groups the Tamil Nadu government has been taking the easy way out by succumbing to populist pressure. This is not going to help in the long run and in the short run.

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Everybody is a miner

A senior academician in mining studies was kind enough to spend his Monday morning with me. We had a free-ranging discussion. I was telling him about the RESPONSIBLE MINING initiative and how we want to give accurate information on mining in an easily understandable way to the people. He said that all of us are miners. Those who oppose mining must use only river water (no bore well), must not use petroleum products. He was regretting how people with half-baked knowledge write about the mining industry in the media and mislead people and create panic. The mining industry has to continuously communicate …

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Is the Paint industry in India losing out due to Government policies ?

Any picture depicting India would have hues of Holi and vibrant colors of the bazaar. So it is surprising that the ban of Ilmenite (ilmenite) exports has been done with a black and white view thereby robbing the Indian paint industry of its sheen. When our Prime Minister launched the Swatch Bharat initiative the paint industry would have rejoiced. Clean up and do what?  After all, they would have surmised, if surroundings are clean and well painted the chances of it staying clean is a lot higher. Instead, the Indian paint industry was hit hard by the sudden government ban …

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