Amartya Sen vs Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya
You’d hardly expect a fight between two leading economists to set the Yamuna on fire. But in a surcharged political environment, that’s exactly what happened. Sen “has learned to give lip service to growth, which he has long excoriated as a fetish,” sniffed Bhagwati. “He loves talking about me, I do not like talking about him,” replied Sen.
Arvind Kejriwal vs Anna Hazare
Kejriwal sent heart-shaped letters to Anna all year round, begging him to support their anti-corruption movement’s political avatar. Anna petulantly dumped him and pointedly ignored AAP when his pet Lokpal Bill was passed. Struggling with deeper existential issues in Delhi, Kejriwal and Co dubbed the bill ‘Jokepal’.
Gurudas Dasgupta vs Veerappa Moily
Dubbing the oil minister’s support to Reliance Industries in the KG basin gas matter a “sinister ploy” by that “rascal”, Dasgupta never let up in a relentless attack, marked by letter after letter to the PM. All Moily could do is warn the perpetual baiter to identify the “vested interest” he was working for.
U.K. Sinha versus Subroto Roy
Accusing Sahara of flouting an SC order to refund investor money, market regulator SEBI launched a furious campaign against the shadow-banking firm, seeking its shutdown. Sahara Shree published some wordy ads proclaiming his innocence and even challenged SEBI’s Sinha to a TV debate.