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Hinduja brothers (from left) Gopichand, Prakash,
Srichand (seated) and Ashok are enagaged in a bitter battle
over the family’s US$18 billion fortune.
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(From left) Brothers R. Sathish and R. Suria and twins Vignesa
and Kumaresa Pasupathy will be lifting Singapore’s fortunes
at the World Floorball Championship in Helsinki next month.
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
NOVEMBER 26, 2021
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Farmers to continue protests
India’s farmers will continue their
protests even after Prime Minister
Narendra Modi agreed to repeal
controversial farm laws, and their
demands include price guarantees for
their crops, Mr Vijoo Krishnan, joint
secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha,
said on Monday.
That is something the government
has deemed unfeasible. It currently
purchases about two dozen agricultural
commodities, including food grains,
pulses and oilseeds, at pre-determined
prices for its welfare programmes.
Heavy rain batters south India,
killing at least 35
At least 35 people were killed and
dozens more remain missing after
heavy rain battered parts of southern
India, destroying houses and flooding
roads, officials said on Monday.
Flash floods triggered by the rain
killed at least 32 people in Andhra
Pradesh, said the state government.
The rainfall began late last week,
submerging highways and roads, while
completely isolating some villages and
blocking access to food and water.
Delhi to reopen schools as smog
goes from worse to bad
India’s polluted capital will reopen
schools on Monday, one week after it
announced a partial shutdown over
dangerous air pollution levels.
Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal
Rai said on Wednesday that pollution
levels in the city had “improved in the
last three days” and some of the
restrictions would be relaxed. But
levels of PM 2.5, the most harmful
particulate matter that is responsible
for chronic lung and heart disease,
were still around 120 micrograms per
cubic metre – eight times the World
Health Organisation limit.
Indore cleanest city for fifth year
Indore has been ranked India’s
cleanest city for the fifth year in a row
by Swachh Survekshan 2021, the
Central government’s annual
cleanliness survey to promote
sanitation in urban centres under the
Swachh Bharat Mission.
Surat and Vijayawada were ranked
second and third cleanest respectively
in the category of cities with over one
Among the states with over 100
urban local bodies, Chattisgarh was
ranked on top for the third consecutive
year, followed by Maharashtra and
Kashmiri activist arrested under
India’s anti-terrorism law
Kashmiri human rights activist
Khurram Parvez was arrested by
security forces on Monday and
charged under an anti-terrorism law.
His brother, Sheikh Shariyar said
the authorities carried out a four-hour
search of their home and a mobile
phone, laptop and books.
Police charge Amazon executives
over online drug sales
Indian police have charged executives
from Amazon’s local arm over claims
the United States retail behemoth’s
online portal was used to smuggle and
Two men were arrested last week
with 21kg of the drug in Madhya
Pradesh and told officers they were
using Amazon’s India platform to ship
their goods to other places in the
country. They admitted to shipping
their crop by falsely marketing it as
stevia leaves, a natural sweetener.
India’s most common password
New research from NordPass reveals
that the most commonly used
password in India is “password”.
It is followed by 12345, 123456,
123456789, 12345678, india123,
1234567890, 1234567, qwerty and
All of these passwords, with the
exception of india123, can be cracked
in less than one second, said NordPass.
Tadoba tigress kills forest guard
A woman forest guard was mauled to
death by a tigress in the core area of
the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve
(TATR) in Maharashtra last Saturday.
Authorities said 46-year-old Swati
Dhumane was doing a survey with
three labourers when she was attacked
and killed by Maya, a 10-year-old
tigress that is popular in the park.
Wanted former Mumbai police
commissioner in Chandigarh
Former Mumbai police commissioner
Param Bir Singh, who has been
declared a “proclaimed offender” by
a court, said on Wednesday that he is
in Chandigarh and would visit
The Indian Police Service officer,
who is facing several extortion cases in
Maharashtra, also told news channels
that he is yet to decide whether he will
surrender before the police or court.
Comedian will continue writing
love letters to India
Stand-up comic Vir Das, facing a huge
backlash over his viral “Two Indias”
monologue in Washington DC
recently, says it is his job to put out
satire and he will continue to write
“love letters to my country” as long as
he is able to do comedy.
He also stressed that he believes
any Indian who has a sense of humour
knows that what he said in the United
States capital was satire.
Wedding music blamed for death
of 63 chickens
A traditional Indian wedding
procession with loud music, fireworks,
dancing and a marching brass band in
shiny jackets has been blamed for the
death of 63 chickens.
Mr Ranjit Kumar Parida said the
party was blasting out “ear-splitting
noise” as it passed his poultry farm in
Odisha shortly before midnight last
Sunday.“I asked the band operators to
lower the volume as the music was too
noisy and terrifying the chickens. But
they did not listen and the groom’s
friends shouted at me,” he said,
A vet told Mr Parida the chickens
died of heart attack and he filed a
police complaint after the wedding
organisers refused to compensate him.
Car ‘clue’ to models’ death
Finding an unidentified vehicle could
be the turning point in the case related
to the death of two young Kerala
models in a high-speed car crash.
The Police Crime Branch, probing
the Nov 1 road accident, has received
information that a car had been
following one of them for a few days
before the crash.
Investigators say the models, Ansi
Kabeer and Anjana Shajan, left the
party at No 18 Hotel in Kochi after
seeing the same car on its premises.
Police suspect it was an escape bid that
led to the car crash.
Fall in Covid-19 testing worrying
An alarming fall in testing for
Covid-19 threatens to undermine
India’s efforts to contain the pandemic,
the Union health ministry said on
Wednesday in a letter to state
governments, as worries grow over
fresh waves of infections abroad.
India reported 9,283 new Covid-19
cases on Wednesday, a day after
recording 7,579 infections – the lowest
in 543 days. But testing has hovered
around one million per day for the
past few weeks, less than half the
A fan from India held up a
message for Paris
Saint-Germain’s star player
Lionel (Leo) Messi ahead of
their Champions League Group
A football match with
Manchester City at the Etihad
Stadium in Manchester, England,
He certainly had flown
6,795km to watch the
Argentinian maestro in action,
probably picking up a City scarf
outside the stadium.
It is not known what his
reaction was after the match, as
Messi was largely ineffective
during the 90 minutes.
Gabriel Jesus scored a
76th-minute winner to give City
a 2-1 win and a place in the
knockout stages as Group A
Perhaps it would have been
some consolation for the Indian
that PSG also advanced to the
last 16 by finishing second in
Fan from India lands in Manchester to watch Messi play
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The increasingly bitter feud in the
Hinduja Group has raised the possibil-
ity of a messy unravelling of the
107-year-old family business, putting
at risk one of the world’s largest
With dozens of companies – includ-
ing six publicly traded entities in India
– the closely held Hinduja Group
employs more than 150,000 people in
38 countries. It is involved in truck-
making, banking, chemicals, power,
media and healthcare.
Mr Srichand Hinduja, 85, now suf-
fers from a form of dementia and his
grandson Karam, his sister, mother,
aunt and grandmother are locked in a
battle with the rest of the Hinduja
family over pieces of the
US$18 billion British-Indian group.
Mr Karam’s side of the family is
effectively asking for what was once
unthinkable – the group’s assets to be
broken up, Bloomberg reported.
Mr Srichand’s three brothers –
Gopichand, 81, Prakash, 76, and
Ashok, 71 – want the group to stick to
its age-old motto that “everything
belongs to everyone and nothing be-
longs to anyone”.
As clashes pile up in London and
Switzerland courts and the Srichand
side suggests misogyny may be driving
actions against his daughters, there
may be no going back for the family.
“They seem to have reached a
point of no return,” said Mr Kavil
Ramachandran, a family business ex-
pert at the Indian School of Business,
adding: “They are most unlikely to go
back to the socialistic philosophy of
everything for everybody.”
With a collective net worth of
about US$15 billion, the four brothers
always presented a united front. There
was little to suggest that not all was
well in the House of Hinduja until last
year. That’s when a London judgment
shed light on the conflict in the family.
Mr Gopichand, Mr Prakash and
Mr Ashok were defending the validity
of a letter signed in 2014 by the four
brothers stating that the assets held by
one belong to all.
That came as Mr Srichand – repre-
sented by his daughter Vinoo –
claimed sole ownership of the
Geneva-based Hinduja Bank.
Mr Srichand wants the London
court to rule that the letter has no
A decision on that is not due for a
while, but, if he succeeds, assets in his
name could pass to his daughters
Vinoo and Shanu upon his death.
Meanwhile, a court in the Swiss
canton of Lucerne said the case be-
tween Mr Srichand and his brothers is
on hold, pending a decision on who
will represent his interests.
Although the Swiss bank is a tiny
part of the family’s overall assets, the
case raises broader ownership ques-
The three brothers frame it as a
power grab by Mr Srichand’s daugh-
ters, who they said are using their
father’s weakened state to go against
his long-held wishes.
“SP (Srichand) had one mantra that
nobody owns anything, everybody
owns everything,” Mr Radhamohun
Gujadhur, an adviser to the brothers,
said in an interview. “Anyone doing
differently is speaking under their own
illusions or to further a selfish private
“The group structure has withstood
the challenges of Shanu and Vinoo
Hinduja who disagree with their own
father’s vision of the group.”
Another London lawsuit from 2018
shows how the feud could touch other
It was over US$1 billion in assets
held at the Swiss bank by a company
tied to Ashok Leyland, one of the
group’s most high-profile listed compa-
nies and the world’s third-largest man-
ufacturer of buses.
Opaque holding structures –
through trusts and offshore entities –
make it difficult to determine owner-
ship of the conglomerate’s companies.
For instance, the brothers’ shares in
IndusInd Bank in Mumbai, among the
largest privately owned banks in India,
are held in an entity registered in
Even the brothers’ domiciles compli-
cate matters. Mr Srichand and
Mr Gopichand live in London,
Mr Prakash resides in Monaco, while
Mr Ashok stays in Mumbai.
Clearly, the group’s organisation,
which worked for the brothers, does
not sit well with the third and fourth-
generation Hindujas now taking the
Indo-Asian News Service
Bitter feud splits Hinduja brothers
Just over 13 months after she gave
birth to a boy, Ms Anupama S. Chan-
dran on Wednesday walked out of a
family court in Thiruvananthapuram
holding her son, who was draped in a
shawl and protected by an umbrella
against the rain.
The court in Kerala’s capital earlier
handed over the infant, given up for
adoption against the woman and her
partner Ajith Kumar’s will, reported
The Indian Express
A DNA test confirmed that the
baby was their child – thus ending the
23-year-old mother’s long search for
him – against resistance from her own
parents, the police and the ruling
Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Ms Anupama’s parents, both CPM
leaders, allegedly gave the baby up for
adoption soon after he was born,
keeping her in the dark.
They were reportedly opposed to
her relationship with Mr Kumar, a
former member of the CPM youth
wing who was at the time married to
According to Ms Anupama, her
ordeal began in August last year when
her parents came to know of her
pregnancy. “They tried to convince me
my baby was illicit, that I could not
rear him,” she said.
“They tried to force me to termi-
nate my pregnancy twice.
“At one time, they told me the
baby was only a mass of flesh. I was
denied normal delivery to convey the
impression that he had health issues.”
She gave birth on Oct 19 last year
and three days later, as she was
returning from hospital, the baby was
forcibly taken by her parents, she said.
According to Ms Anupama, she was
then promised that the baby would be
given back after the wedding of her
elder sister, but this never happened.
Soon after, she and her partner
were sacked from posts in the CPM’s
youth wing offices.
Despite a police complaint filed by
Ms Anupama on April 19 this year,
the baby was given up for adoption on
Aug 7 by her parents.
This happened three days after
Ms Anupama approached the state’s
Child Welfare Committee (CWC) seek-
ing her child.
The administration got into action
only last month after Ms Anupama
went public with her allegations.
Since Nov 11, she and Mr Kumar
had been protesting in front of the
office of the Kerala State Council for
Child Welfare (KSCCW), whose presi-
dent is Chief Minister Pinarayi Vi-
jayan, that the child be returned to
them. On Nov 18, the CWC directed
the KSCCW to bring the child back to
A team led by KSCCW officials
received the child from the adoptive
parents in Andhra Pradesh on Nov 20
and brought him to Thiruvananthapu-
On Wednesday, fighting back tears,
Ms Anupama said that for her and
Mr Kumar, their boy was a “new-
born”. “I got separated from him
three days after delivery,” she said.
“I can’t express my happiness and
my gratitude to all those who stood
with me in this fight for justice.”
Mr Kumar said they are not rich
and cannot give the baby a “luxurious
life”, but “we will rear him as a good
Indo-Asian News Service
“They (the Hinduja brothers and other family
members) seem to have reached a point of no
return. They are most unlikely to go back to
the socialistic philosophy of everything for
– Mr Kavil Ramachandran, a family business expert at the Indian School
Woman fights parents, police and party to get her son back
Ms Anupama Chandran and Mr Ajith Kumar with the baby on Wednesday.
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