Category Archives: Industry

The forgotten characters of Tata Steel

The forgotten characters of Tata Steel

IN SEPTEMBER 1945, E. M. Forster, who had been hired by George Orwell to host a literary programme for BBC’s India service, chose to discuss a slim book called “A Steel Man in India”. It was a memoir by John Keenan, the recently-retired general manager of the Tata Steel Iron and Steel Company. Then the…

Jamsetji Tata: Glancing at the journey of the pioneer of Indian Industry

Jamsetji Tata: Glancing at the journey of the pioneer of Indian Industry

The 21st century’s Indian government major concern is to rejuvenate the India’s manufacturing base and the job it creates. To achieve this objective the present government has initiated the ‘Make In India’ program. A special focus has been given to this in the recent 2016-17 budget  by our finance minister Arun Jaitley. The 19th century…

Jamsetji Tata: Swadeshi Capitalist

Jamsetji Tata: Swadeshi Capitalist

Professor Sunil Khilnani explores the life and legacy of the industrialist Jamsetji Tata, one of a series of remarkable individuals who have made India what it is today. Tata played a vitally important role in establishing India’s manufacturing base and went on to create the conditions for the country’s future industrial development. Tata companies now…

Draw My Life: Ratan Tata

Draw My Life: Ratan Tata

Watch as Vir Sanghvi takes us through the life story of one of the most philanthropic industrialists of India-Mr. Ratan Tata, in the latest episode of #DrawMyLife

Ratan Tata inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

Ratan Tata inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

Other automotive heavyweights inducted include former Ferrari chariman Luca di Montezemolo Ratan Tata has been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for his contribution to the automotive industry and also for turnaround of Jaguar Land Rover. The 77-year old founder of Tata Motors and Chairman Emeritus at Tata Sons was bestowed the honor at…

Farida Khambata Appointed as Tata & Sons’ first ever woman director

Tata Sons, promoter of the major operating Tata companies, appointed top-ranked investment strategist Farida Khambata as the first woman independent director in the company’s 103-year history. With the appointment of Khambata, global strategist at emerging markets-focused investment firm Cartica Capital, Tata Sons’ board has expanded to seven members. Cartica Capital, set up by former executives…

The Original Shippers: Cowasjee’s of Karachi

There is an old sign from the Colonial era that reads ‘Cowasji’ outside the brick structure of the Cowasjee building in Karachi’s port area, Keamari. Inside, 86-years-old Cyrus Cowasjee’s office still maintains its rather vintage design and interior. There are portraits of several generations of Cowasjees adorned on the walls: his father Rustom Faqir Cowasjee,…

Train to Jamshedpur: The story of Tata, India’s global giant

A BBC documentary in which Dr Zareer Masani tells the story of this 150-year-old Indian giant with a reputation for ethical capitalism. India’s biggest industrial plant is hidden away in what were once the jungles of Bihar. Jamshedpur, named after its founder, Jamsetji Tata, is a four hour train journey away from Calcutta. And its…