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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mallya on a high!

CNN-IBN’s live streaming has been pretty good and I make it a point to watch it to get my daily dose of desi news. CNN-IBN had a program called Being Vijay Mallya on Sunday (12th Feb). The whole transcript of this interview is available online. Knowing Vijay Mallya, you would expect that there would be something unique. The interview was conducted when Mallya was flying between Jaipur and Mumbai on his personal jet. Mallya now joins the ranks of Presidents, PM’s and Cabinet Ministers who normally make it a point to give interviews on board an aircraft.

The questions were largely on expected lines (lavish parties, swimsuit calendars, succession plans etc). I felt that the interviewer uncessarily brought in the question about how Mallya’s daughters (aged 10 & 12) figure in the succession plans of UB Group.

Anuradha SenGupta : You just mentioned your daughter and that got me thinking about an earlier question. When we were talking about succession plans and things like that, we didn't mention your daughters at all. Does that mean that Indian businesses are chauvinistic and Indian media has also started becoming chauvinistic? Because I didn't even think of it.

Vijay Mallya: You see, you must understand things in a perspective. Siddharth is already 18, Rehana is 12, Tanya just turned 10. There is an eight-year gap between the youngest and the eldest.

Anuradha SenGupta : I understand the age, the fact that they are much younger, so the question does not arise right now. But why would you not think of the fact that may be one of your daughters may be the chairperson of the UB Group?

Vijay Mallya: No problem with that at all. They must be given the opportunity, first of all, to grow up and secondly, shown the aptitude, none of which is possible at age 10 or 12. Now, Siddhartha is 18, a lot older and has shown the aptitude. So, at the end of the day, why deny him the chance?


  • :-)

    By Blogger Jo, at 5:57 PM  

  • My gawd....is this gal a real journalist? I dont see a bit of professionalism in her questions. Mallya should have opened the dorr of his plane and kicked her out in mid-air!! But the man he is, he patiently answers each of ehr silly questions.

    A few samples:

    You manipulate the media, don't you?

    When you say I look after people, I take care of them well, doesn't it smack of ownership?

    What would happen with Siddharth?

    And you must have brain washed him?

    So, he is enterprising and a bully?

    am giving up!


    By Blogger Lion King, at 5:28 PM  

  • @Lion King,
    even I felt that the questions could have been framed in a better manner.qsy

    By Blogger Kaps, at 2:55 PM  

  • I would assume Vijay Mallya has seen these before :)

    By Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy, at 12:59 PM  

  • Foolish questions!!!! Sensible replies.She seems to be missing the thin line between professionalism and mind your own work jurisdiction.

    By Anonymous rajni, at 6:41 PM  

  • Holy Cow. Must be one of those female chavunist types. Like some one said Mallaya should have thrown her out of the plane.

    He's a billionare for gods sake. his kids dont have enough hours in a day to spend all his money.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:16 AM  

  • Mallya has all the politicians in his pocket. He sells shit beer which is not even fermented properly just puts coloring and fortifies it with alcohol. You cant find any place that serves any other beer than his shitty beers.

    Talk about a monopoly..if other imported beers and competition can come in no one will buy his crap.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:02 PM  

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