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Dhirubhai’s Gravest Error?

Dhirubhai’s Gravest Error?

Its that time of the year once again when most of us sit down to think about the year gone by. I was doing the same. And other than all the personal happenings that affected me this year, one of the most news worthy events was the public spat between the Ambani brothers of the Reliance group.

At stake is the ownership and control of the mammoth Reliance group – the one founded by their father Dhirubhai Ambani – a petrol station worker. Under Dhirubhai‘s leadership, the Reliance group flourished and starting from scratch became the largest private sector company of India, also finding a mention in the coveted Fortune 500 list.

Dhirubhai was a great man who had great accomplishments during his lifetime. Where perhaps he faltered was that he did not plan his succession. So, it was only a matter of time that his two sons – Mukesh and Anil – started fighting over the empire.

So, where everyone eulogises Dhirubhai, I believe his one error of judgement has done great …

The Ganguly Controversy

Here is my take on the Ganguly controversy that is the rage these days. Ganguly should not be taken back into the side for the trip to Pakistan. The demand that all his fans and most of Bengal is making is probably the greatest dis-service possible that they are doing for Ganguly.

I will not mention the fact that Ganguly is susceptible to fast bowling and Pakistan now has arguably the best pace-battery in world cricket. India, in all probabilty, will lose this series. And Indian batsmen will perform miserably. Ganguly, if picked, will not be an exception. Plus, he has too much too lose and nothing really to gain from playing. The team management has already decided that he is not required. Whether the decision is correct or not is immaterial. The fact is that Ganguly has to make way. The earlier he does, the better for him.

The fact that he would be named in the touring Pakistan squad seems a very distinct possibility now, with all the pressure that is being brought upon the selectors. …