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Ambanis come closer

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
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  • Updated: Dec 28, 2011 12:31 IST

Rivals or partners? In a fresh sign of a thaw in frosty relations, estranged Ambani brothers—Mukesh and Anil—on Tuesday came together for dedicating a memorial to their father and founder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Dhirubhai Ambani.

Mukesh, 54, and Anil, 52, along with their families and mother Kokilaben, are attending a two-day event at their father’s birthplace in Chorwad, a sleepy hamlet in coastal Gujarat to mark the patriarch's 80th birth anniversary.

Their sisters, Dipti Salgaonkar and Neena Kothari, also arrived separately with their families completing a reunion in Chorwad that last took place in 1995, when Dhirubhai Ambani was alive.

"After 1995, the entire family is together in their native place for the first time," said RIL group president Parimal Nathwani. http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/281211/28-12-biz1.jpg

Both the brothers performed a Yagna on Tuesday overseen by the family’s religious Guru Rameshbhai Oza.

While Anil and his family arrived at 9:45 in the morning , Mukesh Ambani with wife Nita and their children arrived shortly after noon joining mother Kokilaben who had arrived on Monday giving final touches to the memorial work.

The Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial is at the same place where the industrialist spent his childhood.

A rented section of the bungalow then called 'Mangarolwalo Delo' was the place where he lived.

Oza, who also arrived on Tuesday, will formally dedicate the memorial on Wednesday.

The family hosted a banquet for the entire village in the evening.

Though the billionaire brothers avoided talking to media, their mother on Monday told the reporters in Gujarati that both brothers have reconciled and there is love between them.

"The family was united and there was love between them and they have buried the ill feelings," she had said on Monday.

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