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A Pipe Dream

A rejected RIL-RNRL pact has maimed Anil, bolstered Mukesh. The famed sibling tussle is here to stay.

A Pipe Dream
R. Prasad
A Pipe Dream
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A few minutes after a TV channel flashed the crucial Ambani-related news on July 26 evening, scribes received frantic calls from the Anil Ambani camp. "We're issuing a reaction," said the caller. A few hours later, they were contacted by the opposing Mukesh Ambani camp. "Did you see it?," asked a laughing voice. Observers hinted the powers-that-be had sided with Mukesh this time. One felt that politics had derailed—or scuttled—Anil's ambition to prove that he's as good, if not better, than his elder brother.

The episode proved another point: despite the split between the two Ambani brothers in June 2005, the confrontation between them continues unabated. Pre-split, it was a battle to "equitably" divide the Reliance empire, but it has escalated into a never-ending war to destroy each another. Admits a Reliance insider: "Mukesh will try to wreck Anil's mega projects, and Anil will leave no opportunity to cock a snook at his brother. Both have huge egos, and they just can't let each other alone. Their destinies are...
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