Are We Overfed and Put to Sleep?

Give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.  Almost every one of us would have heard and attested the truth in this popular saying at some point in our lives. But the weighty wisdom in it has been constantly ignored in Tamilnadu for the past 50 years. Tamilnadu is the forerunner of ‘welfare politics’ or what we may disapprovingly call ‘freebie politics’. In the name of welfare, the parties in power have glutted the state with free rice, free televisions, free mixies, free grinders, …

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Industries, Tamil Nadu, industrial Policy

Industrial Climate in TN – Intro part 1

Alan Autry, an American politician and elected Mayor vociferously resolved (probably before an election),  “I’ll work overtime to open the doors of opportunity to Industry and commerce”. This no-nonsense wisdom to see Industry for what it is, the mainstay of a country’s economic health and it’s people’s well-being is the need of the hour for our politicians and policy-makers. If we try to gauge and compare the ‘uplifting potential’ of different sectors, Industry will win hands down over agriculture and services. Our admired IT veteran, Mr. Narayana Murthy understood this very well when he pointed out “If England became a world power, it was because of …

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Government must reconcile – growth and preservation conflict.

‘Environment protection’ may very well be the two words that encapsulate the defining zeitgeist of this decade. The environment vs industrial development debate that has earned the spotlight today, gets more glaringly hyper-critical when it comes to the Mining industry. ‘Mining’ with the image of the raw brown earth it conjures up stands for everything repugnant about Industry in the minds of the planet saviours.  But for a resource-rich, developing country like India, still grappling with mind-numbing poverty and unemployment, mining is the bridge between resources and their optimum utilization; between the harsh burden of want and the soothing comfort of modern amenities and sometimes more simply, …

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