Feb 12 – 18:

A succession battle engulfs the Indian state of Tamil Nadu

Two claimants fight for the mantle of the deceased chief minister

The-Economist

On the night of February 7th, however, OPS embraced the sort of melodrama he has so long eschewed. Sitting cross-legged before a flower-strewn memorial to Jayalalithaa, he spent 40 minutes in silent meditation, as television crews assembled and news alerts set smartphones bleeping.

Two claimants fight for the mantle of the deceased chief minister [The Economist]

Upali Wijewardene: Sri Lanka’s Beloved Home-Grown Tycoon

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

UW

Upali Wijewardene known widely as Upali was arguably Sri Lanka’s first home-grown tycoon of the post – Independence years who captured the popular imagination of the people at large. The Island nation has produced several indigenous business magnates and industrialists of great repute but there was none quite like Upali Wijewardene. He interacted on a higher plane with transnational captains of industry and commerce on equal terms. Yet he retained the loyalty and affection of his employees and workers who simply adored him. More importantly the Sri Lankan masses despite being exposed to left -wing rhetoric for decades loved this high -profile capitalist.Upali was a beloved indigenous tycoon. [DBSJ]