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Lakshmi Mittal was portrayed in the press as a carpetbagger. But in Kazakhstan, he is a working class hero

By Anthony Robinson   April 2002

Coverage of the Mittal affair may have raised important issues of political patronage and party funding, but it has completely misread the significance of Lakshmi Mittal himself. It has left the impression that he is a sleazy Indian carpetbagger who has become one of the richest men in the world through asset-stripping, bribing politicians and playing both ends against the middle.

It is true that the US-EU steel war could be embarrassingly advantageous for Mittal. The Sidex plant in Romania, which he bought with Tony Blair’s help, is not subject to a US import ban. And his US company, Ispat…

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