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by: Shashi Tharoor
The patriarch of Kirloskar  family, not without bitterness, compared his situation with that of Japan's Toyota. In 1947 S. L. Kirloskar, despite the obstacles thrown in his way by the British Raj, was already a manufacturer of some consequence, with...
by: P.C. Alexander
I met [Narasimha] Rao on 20 June 1991 immediately after his election as CPP leader and showed him my draft proposals. He spent quite some time with me dissecting them and specified to me the addition and deletions he wished to make. The next step was...
by: Gurcharan Das
In the 1970s, a state fertilizer plant had been set up at Haldia in the state of West Bengal. Besides bungalows for managers and nice flats for workers in a sparkling new township, the plant entailed wide roads, bright lights, a school, a dispensary,...
by: S.N.Ravichandran
Cycles required a Registered Token (a small piece of Coin Shaped Aluminium) issued by the Coimbatore Municipality and affixed to the cycle. The cost of the token was 15 Naya Paise and it was to be renewed every year. 15 Naya paise could get you a dec...
by: S.N.Ravichandran
The incident that I am about to narrate took place in May 1980. Central Excise was a department which had unfettered rights to enter any company and inspect the books, seize material and arrest company officials if they suspected that Excise duty was...
by: Swaminathan Aiyar
Like most commodities, foreign exchange too was chronically short during the License-Permit Raj, especially during the “garibi hatao” phase of the early 1970s. So, concerning films demanding foreign exchange, the government allocated only token amoun...
by: Swaminathan Aiyar
If you buy a car today, you can expect its delivery in a few days. And if you sell it after a few years, you would be lucky to get half the original purchase price. However, the case was not so under the License Permit Raj. There were two major manuf...