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JRD Tata - Belongs to India

“No success or achievement in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs or interests of the country and its people and is achieved by fair and honest means.” - JRD Tata.


Prime Mover for India

“I do not want India to be an economic superpower. I want India to be a happy country.” - JRD Tata

Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata was a visionary leader who oversaw the dramatic expansion of the Tata Group and the industrialisation of India. He aimed to build a self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-enabled, and self-made India, something he achieved during his mammoth career at the helm of the Tata Group.

He ventured into sectors such as aviation, chemicals, technology, engineering & manufacturing, cosmetics, beverages, software services, etc. which gave India the prowess to add value at scale and build the India he envisioned.


Prescient for India

“Uncommon thinkers reuse what common thinkers refuse.” - JRD Tata

He believed industrial growth was crucial to national growth and set up TELCO, now known as Tata Motors. He founded Tata Chemicals, making India self - sufficient in soda ash, as well as Tata Consulting Engineers, a repository of engineering know-how. Foreseeing the digital era, he set up Tata Consultancy Services, India’s first software maker.


Solicitous for India

“To lead men, you have to lead them with affection.” - JRD Tata

He believed a modern India should have its own flag carrier in the sky and created India’s first commercial airline, now known as Air India, recognizing the need to build homegrown leaders to run India’s growing industries, He created the Tata administrative services and staff college, which produced the cream of India’s managerial talent.


Relentless for India

“Common people have an appetite for food, uncommon people have an appetite for service.” - JRD Tata

He planned and executed several projects, built industries from the grassroots, and founded many institutions. They were designed with the single aim of creating a self - reliant India. He steered Tata steel and the Tata Group with a spirit of nationalism, In turn empowering India with indigenous resources and capabilities.


Pursuit for India

“Good human relations not only bring great personal rewards but are essential to the success of any enterprise.” - JRD Tata

A unique aspect of JRD’s long leadership at the Tatas was not only his ability to attract brilliant men but to give them space to air their strong opinions, long before the startup culture initiated he bought in the practice of bringing in professionals to head operations, as against usual family run business then. Countless talented men flourished because of the facilities he provided. He truly was one of the greatest and most loved industrialists, who used his resources to make a real difference.

JRD and his lineage have garnered a lot of respect under his realm. It's not just about his success or wealth, it also has a lot to do with what he has done in return, for India and it’s people. JRD’s contributions to the development of India go far beyond establishing and nurturing the country’s aviation industry or guiding India’s leading business conglomerate for 50 years. In fact, it was clear that his destiny and India’s would be intertwined, as early as 1926.

On his 117th birth anniversary, India continues to reap the fruits of his efforts.


JRD Tata - The Pilot of Extraordinary Ideas

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