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A different way of life

Development was measured not so much in terms of GDP as fostering a socially inclusive Tamil identity.

S Narayan is the archetypal 'Tambrahm', a brilliant IAS officer of the 1965 Tamil Nadu cadre who, following a series of key postings in the rural development and human resource development departments of the TN government, rose to be economic advisor to prime minister A.B. Vajpayee after serving as secretary to the government of India in several crucial ministries, ranging from petroleum to finance.

This book, however, is confined to his contribution, and those of a myriad other upper-class/ upper-caste TN officers, to the dismantling of the overwhelming social and economic domination of their class and caste to realise the

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