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War and peace, Power, Pawar and Pa­tels, Ges­ture of Ri­jiju, Ni­tish for PM

In pol­i­tics, there are wheels within wheels. Such en­mesh­ing has huge im­pact on the cor­po­rate sec­tor. Take the case of the sixyear-old crim­i­nal fra­cas be­tween in­dus­tri­al­ist and former Congress MP, Naveen Jin­dal, and me­dia baron Shub­hash Chan­dra of the Zee Group fame. Last month, the former with­drew his FIR with the Delhi Po­lice that al­leged that the ed­i­to­rial heads of Chan­dra’s two news chan­nels tried to ex­tort ` 100 crore in ex­change for not air­ing news about Jin­dal group’s al­leged in­volve­ment in the coal block al­lo­ca­tion scam. Ap­par­ently, the truce was bro­kered by renowned Congress mid­dle­men-MP, who is ex­tremely close to 10, Jan­path. So, a Con­gress­man helped a former Con­gress­man to smoke the peace pipe with a busi­ness­man, whose prox­im­ity to the BJP is well known. The day Jin­dal wrote to the Delhi Po­lice to with­draw the FIR filed against Chan­dra, the gov­ern­ment’s En­force­ment Di­rec­torate filed a com­plaint for money laun­der­ing against Jin­dal in the same coal al­lo­ca­tion case. Around the same time, the lat­ter bagged a lu­cra­tive busi­ness con­tract from the gov­ern­ment. The var­i­ous wheels, it may seem, were truly re­volv­ing at great speeds. But this may just be the be­gin­ning of the po­lit­i­cal-busi­ness tan­gle in this case. Af­ter be­ing un­der pres­sure for a long time, the busi­ness­man Jin­dal is try­ing to find his feet and sta­bilise his em­pire. He, there­fore, needs to choose his bat­tles care­fully. He can­not fire on sev­eral fronts, and also leave the flanks open for coun­ter­at­tacks. As Sun Tzu said, “if equally matched (with the en­emy), we can of­fer bat­tle; if slightly in­fe­rior in num­bers, we can avoid the en­emy; if quite un­equal in ev­ery way, we can flee from him.”

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