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Arun Jaitley: A personal tribute

The former finance minister's departure marks the end of an era, the age of moderation in civic life

Arun Jaitley

Arvind Subramanian
Arun Jaitley, the former Finance Minister and politician of considerable consequence, is no more. It is an immeasurable loss for the country, marking the end of an era, the age of moderation in civic life, when it was still possible to doubt the Nietzsche dictum that power is never held in innocence.

Jaitley was amongst the more enigmatic of recent politicians. I tried to shed some light on his stint as Finance Minister a few months ago; here, I want to share something even more personal. Politicians don’t “do intimacy” very well. As a matter of fact,

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First Published: Aug 24 2019 | 4:21 PM IST

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