The infamous Mittal of India

Pramod Mittal’s last remaining asset in India has shut down. How did the younger sibling of renowned steel baron Lakshmi Mittal turn out to be such a destroyer of wealth?

If India's steel industry had a voice and human form, it would be ashamed of what has come to pass in Balasore. 

Yes, Balasore. A district in northern Odisha that is witness to the theatre of the absurd, centred around a company called Balasore Alloys, a run-of-the-mill, medium-sized enterprise mostly unknown beyond the district it is named after. 

The drama includes employees going unpaid for months on end and a board which has resigned in embarrassment and a tearing hurry, lest it be hauled up for presiding over a man-made disaster. Finally, the sorry state of Balasore Alloys itself, which …


Prince M. Thomas

Prince leads the newsroom at The Morning Context as managing editor. A fascination with the written word has taken Prince to some of the leading newsrooms across the country, including The Economic Times, Dow Jones Newswires, Forbes India and Moneycontrol. In a career spanning 20 years, Prince has led teams, managed pages, projects and special editions, and has authored The Consolidators, published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

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