It has always been an incestuous relationship between business and the day's political leadership. And not just in India.
Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover by Anthony Summers (1993, reissued 2012) lays bare the cosy relationship that existed between business (including the mafia) and public figures in the US.
At the centre of it all, if Summers is to be believed, was Hoover, the all-American hero and all-powerful first director of FBI (1935-72).
Hoover had files on all public figures.
His agents recorded every transgression they made.
That perhaps explains why he never retired, though he was well past pensionable age, and died in office at the age of 77.
And the mafia had a file on him!
Image: Edgar Hoover, photographed in 1961
Text: Bhupesh Bhandari, Business Standard