Yes, Mittal owns the largest steel company in the world and yes, he is an Indian. But let us get our facts straight
- Mittal has lived outside India for more than 3 decades
- Mittal has no business interests in India
- His company is not an Indian company
- His retaining Indian passport is also likely due to the tax status (I happen to know another 'Indian' who lived whole of his life outside India but retains Indian passport solely due to tax purposes!)
- He has never publicly championed the cause of either India and Indian business
- He is a very ruthless businessman (for which I respect him)
- We believed (rather convinced ourselves) that the hostility to his take over bid was his 'race', rather his being an Indian - without knowing that over the last few months there have been objections to take over of European companies by Europeans as well.
- Our Commerce Minister (Mr. Kamal Nath) believes that it is his conversation with the Luxemburg head of state that ensured that Luxemburg did not oppose the deal - Who is Kamalnath?
- We believed that Mr. Mittal is a shining of modern Indian businessman - bold, audacious, ambitious etc etc etc - what's the relation?
Don't get me wrong, I have lots of respect for Mr. Mittal. But there is not need to eulogise him. I am proud of his being of Indian origin and I wish him luck, but I don't godify him.
Lets not go overboard..
That's it for now...