Mr J. R. D. Tata was a great
visionary with tremendous personal charisma. For a person holding
the position he did, he remained low-key, and lived relatively humbly
throughout his life.
During the 53 years that he led the Tata Group, he pioneered the
Group's involvement in the airline business, oversaw the early development
of the Group's activities in chemicals, commercial vehicles, computers
and software services. In addition, he successfully led the Group's
growth in the areas of steel and other established business lines.
Throughout his life, 'Jeh,' as we all knew him, gave much of his
time and attention to various social causes to which he remained
totally committed. These included family planning, gender equality
and child welfare.
Jeh was a true nationalist. A proud citizen of India, with a strong
desire to see India develop and shine, it was this strong national
spirit that often led him to frustration when he felt that government
action (or inaction) was shackling the free growth of India after
As Chairman of the Tata Group for 53 years, Mr Tata lived by the
traditions and value system established by the founder, Mr Jamsetji
Tata, and these values have become deeply ingrained in the Tata
Group as one of the foundations on which the Group has been built.
Though Mr J. R. D. Tata is no more, the values, traditions
and business ethics which he lived by will continue to be the driving
force of the Group. Mr Tata made his mark on India during his lifetime,
and his legend lives on after him.