Ebrahim Patel, the minister of trade & industry, won our respect last week for his pragmatism.

In a last-minute agreement he struck with PepsiCo, which is in the middle of buying branded consumer foods maker Pioneer Food Group, Patel took stock of our economy’s vulnerabilities and the broader national goal of attracting much-needed foreign direct investment...

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