26 October, 2020

A Tough Family To Crack

As the battle becomes a war, the Hindujas' moves will be watched with keen interest

A Tough Family To Crack
This is one battle no one anticipated. This is one battle that could well become a war. In the latest round of Bofors sparring - the filing of the first chargesheet - the bjp may have found it easy to demolish the protests of a feckless Congress. But the next logical step, the filing of the second chargesheet, involves taking on the Hindujas, arguably one of the most powerful and secretive families in the world. With financial sinews and political contacts that gird the globe, and a legendary staying power that has seen them weather controversies as so much water off a duck's back.

No wonder, then, that political and business circles are agog with speculation about the motives and implications of the impending stand-off. It's true that the bjp government seems resolved to get to the bottom of the 13-year-old case, an impression amplified by the statements of home minister L.K. Advani and information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitley. But it is also true that the Hindujas have intimate access to the highest echelons of the bjp, and their vaunted clout extends to all...



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