Shourie’s 180-degree Turn With Dhirubhai
But the spotlight was clearly on Arun Shourie, former firebrand journalist and now iconic minister for disinvestment, communication and information technology in the Vajpayee government. Clearly not your typical “politician- minister”, Mr Shourie recalled how his “acquaintance with Dhirubhai went through an almost 180-degree turn over the years.”
Mr Shourie’s brief but brilliant speech, peppered with anecdotes, came even as top political bosses of all hues and affiliations — from Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to former finance minister Manmohan Singh to Digvijay Singh to Mulayam Singh, Maharashtra chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal — paid tribute to the spirit of Dhirubhai Ambani, with most of them candidly acknowledging the close relationship they shared with the man.
Said Mr Shourie: “I first learnt about him through the articles of my colleague S Gurumurthy. The point of most of the articles was that Reliance had done something in excess of what had been licensed, it was producing in excess of that capacity.” And then, he explained how times had changed: “Most would say today that those restrictions and conditions
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