Ban On Pakistani Artists: For Me India Comes First Before Anything, Says Mukesh Ambani

For the first time Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani has spoke about the recent debate on Pakistani artists in Indian films. He said for him India comes first.

‘I’m absolutely clear about one thing. For me, it is always nation first. I’m not an intellectual, so I don’t understand all these. But undoubtedly like for all Indians, India is the first for me,” he said in front of jam-packed audience.


Ambani was speaking to veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta in an ‘Off The Cuff‘ series conversation organised by The Print, a digital media outfit owned by senior journalists Shekhar Gupta and Barkha Dutt.

When asked whether he’ll join politics, he replied emphatically, and said he was not made for politics.

On a lighter note he said that at 9 PM in the evening he followed Arnab Goswami’s News Hour and liked it.


When asked about his view on the government, he said India is fortunate to have Narendrabhai as Prime Minister, and sidestepped question such as ‘ye Ambani Adani ki sarkar hai’.

He also lauded Modi government’s ability to embrace projects that may not have been initiated by them – such as the unique identification program Aadhaar. He also appreciated work done by Infosys founder and former CEO, Nandan Nilekani, in building Aadhaar.

When asked about his Rs 1.5 lakh crore ‘punt’ on the telecom business, he said it was not a punt. He said he didn’t commit just Rs 1,50,000 crore to his new telecom venture, but the figure was actually closer to Rs 2,50,000 crore.


He said analysts challenging the business case for Jio would be proven wrong. He pointed out the cases of Apple and Google, and said analysts were wrong about these companies, adding that just watch our quarter by quarter results.

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