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India's billionaires lack the ambition of their Western counterparts

High taxes, too much regulation and fickle governments the likely culprit

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Mukesh Ambani's son Akash Ambani, second right, and his wife Shloka Mehta smile at their wedding ceremony in Mumbai in March 2019: India's billionaires seem content with traditionally garish displays of wealth.   © Reliance Industries/AP

Rupa Subramanya is a researcher and commentator. She is a distinguished fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the co-author of "Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India."

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