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Grandson of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, he is an industrialist who needs no introduction. Neither does his flagship company Bombay Dyeing. He is a man who calls a spade a spade and he’s brutally frank. He is Nusli Neville Wadia, Chairman of The Wadia Group. He took over a small family business from his father Neville Wadia and brought Bombay Dyeing to the status of one of the most respected and widely diversified business houses in the country.

He’s got into and out of many controversies, always unscathed. Many a times he had taken on the establishment and was targeted for it. The Central Bureau of Investigation had once arrested Wadia for 'mis-declaring his citizenship'. The hotel where he was staying had filled in his registration form as an Indian citizen whereas, at the time, Wadia had a British passport. He was targeted, during the Congress tenure, seemingly because of his association with opposition leaders, including some from the BJP, and for his close connection with the Indian Express newspaper owner Ramnath Goenka.

The income tax department even instituted tax inquiries going back 16 years and had tied Wadia up in the courts for two years. They confiscated his passport and in 1989 even issued him with a deportation order. But he was not cowed down and after 42 court hearings, Wadia won. His fight with Dhirubhai has also become part of India’s business folklore. But at the end of the day this man holds no grudges… He forgives all and moves on. No wonder ‘winning’ comes to him so easily.


 

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