Mittal & Mallya take on the world!

To think the audacity – but looks like two men have made attempt at being audacious – two men entirely different as chalk and cheese and the gall! Vijay the liquor baron from Bangalore – the town that gave the world software and outsourcing – after I dare insist Kingfisher beer always had global ambitons and young Lakshmi Narain is no less – he had once made a deal with his brothers where he did accept the world as his oyester. But to see them mount a challenge such as they have on symbols perhaps of continetal tradition was interesting and to see it rebuffed – was I would say hardly surprising.
Some things are very traditional and any manner of travesty with them is often disdained – even or probably because the issue were about a maker of fine wines or maybe finer steel perhaps? I wonder if some of it were not for the fact that the bidders – were of extractions far less gaelic than acceptable for steel and wine makers? There is for example in my town of fair Bengaluru a club of social nature once owned & operated by the disdainful british and other colonial types but since lapsed into the hands of the brown sahibs, which recently – about an year and a half back refused entry to a local artist of some creative repute (and also head of I believe of an institute) since he was dressed in Indian attire! The way I see it if Indians at Bangalore could do it to their fellow men – sure as hell nothing funny that someone else did it to us as perhaps a national identity.
I am not the expert here  but what little I know – there seems no evidence to show that Mittal or Mallya represent the mentality of corporate raiders to strip the assets of the acquired and make a short terms gain to move on to the next pick. If at all they have in their acquisitions and forays shown the instict of a parent and have stayed invested and worked to grow their assets and improved productivity and profitability and contributed to local society. Maybe there were a few layoffs at their firms – as anyone from John F. Welch to Carlos Ghosn  has done – but I am certain none of it were ever the kind any Gordon Gecko kind of a capitalist would do with nary a thought at that! Spirited local rebuffs of our bids have been done before and a truck & SUV maker at India was once not allowed to acquire an european trucker. Today those same guys – who once got permission from Willy’s Overland of the USA to make their 4X4s at India – in the early 1950’s at that – strategise to come back again – like  maybe once Alexander or Ashoka did on their global conquests? Maybe we haven’t many olympians & sportspeople  out there except that army man with the gun and they say there are more in the wings where that came from. But there has been a lot of strategic talent in our country and Chanakya’s tome I still think gives a fair battle to Machiavelli’s book and note they are a few centuries apart – with Chanakya being there and done that before the Italian!
Bring ’em on said the great American President – Dubya (my personal favourite!) – I think Mittal & Malya should go back to their corners proud that they fought well and note that the towel wasn’t thrown in – the refrees fixed the match! Our time shall come!

About Soumya
A technology enthusiast, forever enamored by all that it hath wrought and of course here is an attempt at making sense of it all and perhaps simplifying it!

One Response to Mittal & Mallya take on the world!

  1. thiru says:

    it\’s OUR time!

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