Ramakrishnan

The strategy of the opposition yesterday was, to say the least a miserable failure. I do not know if it showed utter bankruptcy of their ideology, if any, or if it brought out the hollowness of its purpose or if it showed the apathy and indifference...
The menace of terrorism related incidents are spreading to south India. This is the message the Villupuram incident sends. At the time of writing, no arrests have been made so far in the incident in which suspected pro-LTTE elements blasted a...
What is in a name? ‘Nothing,’ the wise would say. I am not one among them and so I disagree. May be, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; but not a changed name for a road or a street. . Name is a label, used to distinguish one from...
The former Union Minister EVKS Ilangovan is known for his candid and forthright remarks. Speaking at the meeting to mark the seventh death anniversary of Vazhappadi Ramamurthy in Chennai, Ilangovan gave vent to the pent up feelings of a Tamil Nadu...
The other day, the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel levelled  the charge of obstructionism against Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. According to the civil aviation minister it’s not wise to get overly obsessive about environmental issues, and...
Change the way politics work in Tamil Nadu? During his three-day visit last year, on a mission to revive the party in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had sought the support of the youth to change the way politics work in the state.Gandhi, on his second visit to the state since September last, said yesterday in Tiruchirapalli that intelligent and hardworking members have a bright future and they will be given responsibilities in the organisation. "Members of Youth Congress will have...
Change the way politics work in Tamil Nadu? During his three-day visit last year, on a mission to revive the party in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had sought the support of the youth to...
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sweeping victory in the island nation’s first peacetime election in three decades excites more questions than what it attempts to solve. Together, Rajapaksa and Fonseka, his then army chief, spearheaded a ‘victory’ last May over a 26-year LTTE clash that killed over a lakh people. They fell out and the rest is history. This emphatic win will, no doubt make Rajapaksa even stronger. It is yet to be seen how he would use this...
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sweeping victory in the island nation’s first peacetime election in three decades excites more questions than what it attempts to solve....
According to statistics of the WHO, 35% of the world’s spurious drugs are produced in India. In our country, spurious drugs worth nearly Rs 4000 crores, which is about 20% of the domestic pharmaceutical business, are manufactured and a large quantity is also either exported or smuggled out. The net work of this illegal trade cannot survive without the active support of some powerful political forces. They flourish as our dispensing system is also full of loopholes. Unfortunately, our...
According to statistics of the WHO, 35% of the world’s spurious drugs are produced in India. In our country, spurious drugs worth nearly Rs 4000 crores, which is about 20% of the domestic...
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.  ~Charles DarwinNo sensible man can disagree with what our Home Minister P Chidambaram said yesterday. The Dantewada massacre is a "wake up call" for the country, he said and asked for a collective resolve to defeat the Maoists, whose aim was to seize political power. "Naxals call this war. They call us enemies. They call this hallowed hall (Parliament) a pigsty," he said. Let&rsquo...
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.  ~Charles DarwinNo sensible man can disagree with what our Home Minister P Chidambaram...
The PMK is still an enigma. It started as a small Vanniar outfit, grew into a powerful party in the ruling combine at the Centre and now, it is in search of a direction.The party has reason to be enthused by the recent Pennagaram by-poll result. It has fared much better than many had expected. In an interview to The Hindu, PMK President G K Mani said,”We were approached by senior AIADMK leaders many times. But we decided to go it alone. We were proved right as the election result has...
The PMK is still an enigma. It started as a small Vanniar outfit, grew into a powerful party in the ruling combine at the Centre and now, it is in search of a direction.The party has reason to be...
I.  Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has described his marathon grilling by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT in a Gujarat riots case as a difficult moment of his life and has ‘thanked’ the people of the state for standing by him. "I have cooperated with the process of law and accepted its supremacy. I heartily express my thankfulness to the people for their support and prayers in this difficult moment," Modi wrote on his blog.For the first time since the riots in Gujarat...
I.  Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has described his marathon grilling by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT in a Gujarat riots case as a difficult moment of his life and has ‘thanked...
I still remember; year 1967. For the first time, AIR’s Vividh Bhatathi introduced commercials. The sales of transistor sets had a boom, like the one that we witnessed when private FM stations went on air. But now, after 43 years, how many of us tune in to Vividh Bharathi?The initial euphoria tapers off. This is the law of diminishing utility. This applies universally to every field of activity. IPL is no exception. Forced to shift tent to South Africa due to security fears last year,...
I still remember; year 1967. For the first time, AIR’s Vividh Bhatathi introduced commercials. The sales of transistor sets had a boom, like the one that we witnessed when private FM stations...