The skill displayed by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal in bringing round the shareholders of Arcelor reveals what Indians can achieve in the near future in all fields, including business. It should inspire young Indian businessmen. The successful takeover has a special message for the new economy industries such as IT, Telecom, and entertainment where our leaders still opt for an eternal secondary role.

Nisha Gopalan,
Chennai

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Mr. Mittal has proved that when it comes to shrewd business acumen and resolve to overcome adversities in the highly competitive business world, Indians are second to none. We are proud that today an Indian is the world's biggest steelmaker. In this context, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent invitation to Mr. Mittal to give a greater fillip to our steel industry is welcome.

V. Hariharan,
Chennai

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Skill does matter in business. Developed countries have begun accepting Third World leadership in all sectors. India, through Mr. Mittal, has got an opportunity to lead the world once again.

Raghavendra R. Pawar,
Bangalore

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This has been a long journey for Mr. Mittal, in which his steadfastness and single-minded approach have borne fruit. There is also the possibility of achieving greater success through a wider market.

V. Rajendran,
Chennai

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Mr. Mittal's announcement of his plan for a venture in Jharkhand is not surprising. He hails from a rural background.

S. Annapoorani,
Karuppathur, T.N.

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In terms of business, the merger of two of the world's biggest steel manufacturers is not good. A monopoly of the steel market is not what is required.

R.S. Vasan,
Chennai

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In spite of the agreement now reached and all the smiling faces paraded before the world's cameras, there still seems to be an uneasy feeling prevailing in the Arcelor camp particularly. A healing touch appears necessary to heal the emotional wounds caused as a result of the bickering over the deal.

V. Reddi Sastri,
Srikakulam, A.P.