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  1. Chinese smartphone-manufacturing brand Vivo has pulled out as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The decision was taken at the IPL Governing Council meeting and in the same meeting the name of the new title sponsor was also finalised. This was the second time in the last 17 months when the Chinese company had to end its association with the world’s biggest cricket league. Vivo had splashed a whopping amount, approximately Rs 440 crore for each season, to acquire the title sponsorship of the cash-rich league back in 2017 for a duration of five years. Ahead of IPL 2020, the mega deal was paused due to the diplomatic tension between the two countries India and China. The political tension between the two Asian giants had caused a huge outrage and there was negative sentiment against the Chinese brands operating in the country. But unlike last time, this association has come to a permanent end and the BCCI has brought Tata on board for the remaining two seasons. It’s not clear if Tata will be paying the same amount as Vivo or has been offered some relaxation just like Dream 11, which came on board in 2020k. The news garnered mixed reactions on social networking sites, with some people calling it a step taken in the right direction and others describing it as an effort to please a particular ideology, with taking into account the financial ramifications. The Indian fans, who had since long been demanding the BCCI to disassociate itself with the Chinese brands and partner with Indian companies more, welcomed the move. I have been a long-time admirer of the group and like the sound of #TataIPL (Unsolicited) — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 11, 2022 Not just fans, even cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle was pleased with the amalgamation of the world’s biggest domestic T20 League with a world-renowned Indian brand. Taking to the micro-blogging site, he tweeted: “I have been a long-time admirer of the group and like the sound of #TataIPL (Unsolicited.” I have been a long-time admirer of the group and like the sound of #TataIPL (Unsolicited) — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 11, 2022One of the best news to come across for an Indian sports fan! — AD (@ayushdeep) January 11, 2022I'm from Tatanagar(Jamshedpur), the home of the Tatas and truly delighted with this. — Sayeed Rahman (@iamsayeedrahman) January 11, 2022Rightly said Harsha- Brand IPL will be boosted by values synonymous with Tata..This type of sponsorship works both ways. — Anand Pandey (@iAnandKP) January 11, 2022Now whenever a six is hit, comms will have to say TATA byebye ball #TataIPL #IPL — Rao (@bubblebuster26) January 11, 2022One of the best organizations representing Indian values lead by a great leader. Cheers to Ratan sir & Tata group.#IPL2022 — Ankit Dhasmana (@DhasmanaAshu) January 11, 2022Indian premier league is now truly Indian since TATA is a title sponsor !! Much deserved #ipl2022 — Bhav tweets (@Bhavin25996297) January 11, 2022People on either side of the spectrum have their own reasons to either praise or criticise the move. But let’s be honest if we hadn’t mixed sports and politics together this day would have never arrived. We must realise that at the end of the day, IPL is business and whoever is associated with it, is there to make money and sentimental decisions like these beat the whole purpose and stop the league from prospering. View the full article
  2. It has been 67 years since Tata sons ceded Air India to the Indian government and now it looks like the Tata group will once again own the airline conglomerate. According to BloombergQuint, a panel of ministers have accepted a proposal from bureaucrats who recommend Tata Group’s bid. According to people with knowledge of the matter, the decision has been made but is yet to be made public. An official announcement is expected in the coming days according to BloombergQuint’s sources. © Tata Sons Moneycontrol cites sources saying, "The Tatas have placed the highest bid for Air India,” whereas CNBC TV-18 reports that the government plans to handover the airline to its new owners by December. Tata and Air India’s History © Reuters Air India, then Tata Airlines, was founded by JRD Tata where he himself inaugurated the first flight in 1932. The airline was founded on a small capital of Rs 2 lakh. The Tata archives also quote that Tata airlines was also responsible for delivering the first airmail for Air India. The airline was later listed as Air India in 1946 and eventually started flying to Europe in 1948. Air India was amongst the first public-private partnerships where the Government had a 49% stake while Tatas had 25%. © Tata Sons However, in 1953, Air India was forcefully nationalised, ending Tata Sons stake in the international airline. Air India was later merged with domestic operator Indian Airlines Ltd. in 2007 and started to incur losses. Air India never managed to recoup its losses and remained in debt until today — some say the debt amounts to around Rs 600 billion ($8.1 billion). In 2017, the government started the process to privatise Air India and it seems like the Tata Sons will once again own the airline it started almost 90 years ago. Once the purchase goes through, Air India will be the third airline brand that will be added to Tata sons’ portfolio. The group already has a majority interest in AirAsia India and works in a joint venture with Singapore Airlines Ltd. © Reuters Tata Group was amongst many companies that showed interest in purchasing Air India as recently as December 2020. SpiceJet founder Ajay Singh was also amongst the bidders, however it seems like the government is opting to go with the Tata Group's bid. If the deal goes through, Tatas will get control of 4,400 domestic and 1,800 international landing and parking slots. These slots also consist of 900 slots at airports overseas. Needless to say, we do recommend taking this news with a pinch of salt as no official announcement has been made yet. Sources: BloombergQuint, Moneycontrol View the full article
  3. There are rains and then there are rains in Bombay. Just like Dilli ki sardi which has a certain charm to it altogether, Mumbai's rains have made a name for themselves, for both good and bad reasons. © iStock Now, while many really enjoy the rains in a similar fashion to how they are romanced in Bollywood movies, the thing is that they can really be a tricky thing to deal with, especially for stray animals living on the streets. It doesn't take more than a few hours of rain to get a lot of areas in Mumbai inundated, making it a very difficult thing for the innocent dogs of the city. However, there are times when the humans among us turn up to show their love for the street animals by being kind to them. One such heartwarming moment was when an employee of the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai chose to share an umbrella with a stray dog getting drenched in the rain. The incident was captured on the camera with the picture soon doing rounds on the internet. © Instagram/Ratan Tata It garnered so much attention that it even reached Ratan Tata, the Chairman of Tata Group, with one of the reasons being that the hotel that the employee worked for also comes under the Tata Group. © iStock Mr. Tata, who is known to be a dog lover himself, posted the image on his Instagram account. View this post on Instagram “Sharing comfort with the strays this monsoon. This Taj employee was kind enough to share his umbrella with one of the many strays while it was pouring quite heavily. A heartwarming moment was captured in the busy hustle of Mumbai. Gestures like these go a long way for stray animals,” wrote Mr. Tata. Soon after his post went online, Ratan Tata's followers expressed their admiration and love for the man and his kind act. One user wrote, "Man with a golden heart." A user even praised Mr. Tata for taking a moment to acknowledge the act of kindness. "Best gift by God in form of lovely cute ones....@ratantata we are blessed that you gave us a moment to cherish," he said. Mr. Tata is known to be a huge dog lover and he is so fond of them that there is a special kennel at his Bombay House, the global headquarters of Tata Group, which is dedicated to all the stray dogs in the area. Now, this is a story that surely brightens up our day. View the full article
  4. A can of worms seems to have opened up on social media as people feel flabbergasted after Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal made remarks on the Indian industry on Thursday, especially Tata Motors. A rather serious and upsetting remark which was casually hurled at the Indian industry by the Union Minister insisted that the industries in our country were 'not working in the interest of the nation and were simply going against India'. © Reuters In his statement at the annual meet of the Confederation of India Industry, Piyush Goyal specifically came after Tata Group and called it out for infrastructure, defence and aerospace. He said, “Me, Myself, My company — We all need to go beyond this approach.” Furthermore, to this, he remarked, “Kya aapke jaisi company, ek do aapne shaayad koi videshi company kharid li… Uska importance zyaada ho gaya, desh hith kam ho gaya? (A company like yours, maybe you bought one or two foreign companies, now their importance is greater than national interest?” leaving most of the CEOs confused and riled up. Piyush Goyal's 19-min tirade against Tata group at the annual meet of the CII stirred up a hornets’ nest in higher echelons of the govt. the CII was asked to pull down the video from its YouTube channel. @tragicosmicomic reportshttps://t.co/zTLctUagJP — Sobhana K Nair (@SobhanaNair) August 14, 2021 While the Tata Group refused to comment on the remarks by Union Minister Piyush Goyal, only a day prior to Goyal’s accusations did Tata announce its intention to give each Olympian who could not get a podium finish, a car. A sweet and generous gesture for those who missed the bronze medal by just an inch, Tata Group’s felicitation was very warmly received on social media. And on the other hand, what wasn’t pleasantly received were the comments by Piyush Goyal which were equated to an ‘unhinged rant’. A lot of business professionals, industrialists and even fellow politicians came together to slam the statements. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter - Union Minister’s unhinged rant at CII meeting. Pressure of working in an underperforming one man show must really be getting to them ! https://t.co/jj4Wzptz6V — Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) August 14, 2021An unprovoked 19-minute tirade by Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal at the Confederation of Indian Industry asserting industry went against national interest left CEOs baffled. Parts of the video were taken down. The Hindu has a recording of his remarks.https://t.co/8CmVQVg2iK — Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) August 14, 2021You reap what you sow INDIA INC Bombay Club 1.0 created NDA/BJP Govt between 2012-2014. Threw collective weight behind one individual and not even one party. & now @PiyushGoyal terms them anti - national. @FollowCII https://t.co/HkVzvVROAE — Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) August 14, 2021Clearly Indian industry wasn’t anti national when it was buying Piyush Goyal’s firm at nearly 1000 times face value. Time for them to start doing business again with the minister and his family to earn the nationalist tag!https://t.co/n21mtPBY3X — Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) August 14, 2021Piyush ‘Piramal’ Goyal lashes out at Indian industry and says they are against national interest. Targets the Tata group and raises eyebrows. The irony of it all. https://t.co/oU3lynmuqv — Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) August 14, 2021The kind of language used against industry captains&calling their work against nation’s interest is shameful to the core&he is India’s Commerce Minister! CII should demand an apology instead of helping him by pulling down the video. Stand up to bullying! https://t.co/dPblCaBrmG — Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) August 14, 2021On one hand BJP Govt has given contract to build New Parliament of India to Tatas and on the other hand BJP Minister Piyush Goyal (as per media reports) is calling them Anti-National BJP double speak knows no limits !! — Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) August 14, 2021On one hand BJP Govt has given contract to build New Parliament of India to Tatas and on the other hand BJP Minister Piyush Goyal (as per media reports) is calling them Anti-National BJP double speak knows no limits !! — Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) August 14, 2021As people come together to fend off the allegations against the Tata group and the Indian industry as a whole, on which side of the debate do you find yourself? View the full article
  5. Mr Ratan Tata does not need an introduction. He's one of those icons who have managed to garner unconditional love and respect from the masses just by being his true self, a trait that is increasingly becoming rarer by the day. View this post on InstagramWhile in theory, everyone knows how dignified and sophisticated he is, it is not everyday that we get to see an 'unfiltered' version of him. There are quotes and stories and articles on him everywhere, that present him as a larger than life individual, but it would be interesting to note that none of them are guilty of exaggeration. He is, indeed, a personality who is so incredibly refined and distinguished, that nothing about him is 'mundane'. View this post on InstagramHere is a video of him, from the archives of 'Rendezvous With Simi Garewal', where he is being his candid best, while also being his usual classy self. In the video, he touches upon several areas of his illustrious life, starting right from when he arrived in India from the US at the age of 25, and then going on an apprenticeship. He highlights how working under JRD Tata, and ultimately being selected as his successor, were 'historic' in their own right. View this post on InstagramHe mentioned that there was noteworthy resistance from the established stakeholders of the organization when he was shaking things up and questioning certain things, while simultaneously emboldening younger talents. It took a long time for him to settle in, but once he did, he didn't think of going back even once. View this post on InstagramOn a more personal level, when Simi Garewal peeked a bit more into his well-guarded life, he divulged that he was about to be married a couple of times, but it did not work out. He said he sometimes longs for companionship, but other times enjoys the joys of not having to cater to any compulsions. View this post on InstagramWhen Simi asks him whether he watches any Hindi movies, he slyly chuckles, saying one can't help but watch them if the TV is on. He also quickly comments that he finds them way too violent. "I think there's more ketchup... spread in Hindi movies than there's in all the restaurants in Bombay...," he quips. Even when he is being critical of something, the sheer sophistication he brings in, in terms of articulating that, is worthy of being emulated by 'gentlemen'. In a nutshell, Mr Ratan Tata is, to this day, one of the most charming and enigmatic gentlemen that the nation has had the good fortune of looking up to. View the full article
  6. Wanting to own a car that is the perfect blend of comfort, style, and functionality within one’s budget is a task in itself. Lucky for us, we discovered CRED’s Mega Jackpot Week and found the ultimate free gateway – an opportunity to take the new TATA Safari home. CRED, the credit card payment application, offers its members a chance to win cashback, exciting offers, and even be in the run for an unmatched jackpot. By paying your credit card bill on the CRED app in a timely manner, the platform rewards members by giving them CRED Coins. These coins can be used for a variety of purposes - they can be redeemed while making purchases from over 1,000 merchants on CRED Store and CRED Pay, or participate in a jackpot. Tata Motors As part of CRED Mega Jackpot Week starting from today, 27th April to 3rd May, CRED members have a once in a lifetime chance to win from an array of jackpot prizes - Harley Davidson Fat Boys, Gold, brand-new iPhones for a decade, a complete home makeover, the very popular Bitcoin, free flights for five years, and a TATA Safari car. CRED will be giving members a chance to win a TATA Safari from the comforts of their homes. Considered to be a ‘handsome’ car to have in one’s garage, the TATA Safari is a stylish SUV that gives off a rugged feel. The seven-seater version is designed to give optimum comfort and ample space making this the perfect vehicle for long drives. The CRED Mega Jackpot Week is open to all 5.9 million CRED members. To join this community of trustworthy and creditworthy individuals, individuals will need to have a credit score of over 750. Members can participate in the CRED Mega Jackpot Week using CRED Coins earned by paying their credit card bills on the app. So, what are you waiting for? View the full article
  7. There are only a few people who are universally loved, and everyone respects and admires them. And, one of those wholesome people is none other than Ratan Tata. © Twitter The businessman is one of the most respected people in the country and has always had only positive things said about him. On the occasion of his 83rd birthday, people share all the things they love and admire about him and his long, long legacy. What an inspiring person. #Raj_JE_परीक्षा_रद्द_करो Wishing #RatanTata sir a very Happy Birthday.@RNTata2000 defines the definition of Industrialist & Businessman A Greatest Human being Your Vision & Leadership continues to inspire us everyday️ #Raj_JE_परीक्षा_रद्द_करो pic.twitter.com/xW0tx7Db90 — Hanuman Bishnoi (@im_hanu1996) December 28, 2020 God bless him. One of the great personality and Ideal of every Indian #RatanTata happy birthday, god always bless you sir.@RNTata2000 @TCS pic.twitter.com/NutPNUdsfo — Arjun Kapase (@kapase_arjun) December 28, 2020 Just an overall great person. Apart from success in business at @TataCompanies he is the most loved and admired industrialist. Why? 1. Humility 2. Golden heart 3. Does social good 4. Good human being 5. Corporate ethics 6. Impeccable manners And these matter more than making money. Happy birthday #RatanTata pic.twitter.com/TAKT1rWcmd — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) December 28, 2020 A legend. Wish you a very Happy Birthday @RNTata2000 Sir. You are an inspiration to the millions. Thanks for all your sincere hardwork and dedication. A man of simplicity and true legend of our generation. #RatanTata birthday pic.twitter.com/0wmYfUwdvY — Rakesh Patnaik (@Shivasanmukh) December 28, 2020 Yes. Happy birthday to the person who showed the world difference between the businessman and industrialist, Sir @RNTata2000 . Wish you a long and healthy life!! #RatanTata pic.twitter.com/ziiipteI1J — Shivam Yadav (@Cvam1003) December 28, 2020 Look at that diverse career. Happy Birthday #RatanTata is an Indian powerful Businessperson, Investor, Philanthropist, Industrialist, Chairperson, Writer & Author. pic.twitter.com/pNSlvWt3ZW — Dr. Sanjay Choudhary (@DrSanjayINC) December 28, 2020 A diamond, sure. #RatanTata@RNTata2000 happy 83th birthday sir ji... You are the diamond born on Indian land pic.twitter.com/FMJ896Dwc9 — Priya (@Priya07699691) December 28, 2020 So cute. Its been 3 years! You have taught us what a leader is without teaching anything! We wouldn’t be where we are today, had it not been for you! Today is special day for us! Thank you for being a mentor, an investor and a magic wand in our lives.Happiest Birthday Sir🏻 @ratantata️ pic.twitter.com/OF55TdPezj — Aditi Bhosale Walunj (@aditi_bw) December 27, 2020 What a story! He is synonymous with success! The famous Jaguar story:#RatanTata Ji and his team faced “humiliation” when they went to sell the group’s car business to Ford in 1999. Just nine years later the group bought American giant’s marquee brands Jaguar and Land Rover. @RNTata2000 — Vedant Birla (@birla_vedant) December 28, 2020 He's an inspiration to everyone. Happy birthday to my inspiration, role model and an ideal person who has inspired millions of people across the globe @RNTata2000 sir #RatanTata #tata https://t.co/zWsUz7c2q0 — immaculate_ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ (@MaNoJn_2924) December 28, 2020 We do. Birthday greetings to Sir #RatanTata the man with ethics. Tatas legacy have contributed a lot for Indian industrial sector we need more such legacies. pic.twitter.com/0iQptlWwNa — Piyush Desale (@piyush_desale) December 28, 2020 Simplicity. #RatanTata SIMPLICITY marching towards glory..!On the tune of corporate ETHICS. Wishing you happiest birthday sir @RNTata2000 pic.twitter.com/AsyPxteDqf pic.twitter.com/DG2InKfges — Rohit Sharma (@RohitSharma_9) December 28, 2020 Hmm. Happy Birthday to the man who has taught many valuable lessons of life, Inspired thousands with his actions.@RNTata2000#RatanTata pic.twitter.com/TtZh73Mkr2 — Jayant Patil (@Jayant_R_Patil) December 28, 2020 View the full article
  8. On 19th December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the Keynote address at the Associated Chambers Of Commerce & Industry of India's, Assocham foundation week. This was done via video conferencing and during the conference, PM Modi stressed on the fourth industrial revolution. © Assocham During this conference, Narendra Modi presented "ASSOCHAM Enterprise of the Century Award" to Ratan Tata, on behalf of the Tata group. The goal amidst the pandemic was to become self-reliant and on the same lines, the theme of ASSOCHAM was the Atmanirbhar Roadmap towards the $5Trillion economy. The programme started on Tuesday and it included speakers from various industries. We are now LIVE with Prime Minister @narendramodi for #ASSOCHAMFoundationWeek.@PMOIndia @PIB_India @MIB_India https://t.co/Mf5D9bLX2o — ASSOCHAM #WearAMask (@ASSOCHAM4India) December 19, 2020 Both Assocham and the Tata group have been on the forefront in helping India's economy grow and also help the common Indian. Ratan Tata, who is known for his philanthropic deeds, has continuously shown his humbleness and his efforts have been recognised globally as well. © Instagram/RatanTatfanpage Having said that, it is also important to note that Tata will soon be given "Global Visionary of Sustainable Business and Peace" by The Indo-Israel Chambers Of Commerce. The industrialist will receive the award for "promoting innovation that supports sustainability and peace". This will be held in a virtual ceremony that will also have the senior officials, coming from UAE, India and Israel. Raviv Byron, President of Israel-India Chamber of Commerce said "Tata has done a lot for India-Israel ties. He has generously contributed towards promoting innovation that supports sustainability and has been a promoter of peace in the region, including with the Palestinians. He has visited Israel a few times which has been extremely beneficial in promoting ties between the two countries. He very well deserves this honour," For the unversed, ASSOCHAM was established in 1920, by the promoter chambers that represent all the regions of India. It serves 4.5 Lakh members across India, with 400 chambers and trade associations. It also represents trade and commerce in India and works as an interface between issues and initiatives and also reduces trade barriers in both domestic and international trade. Check out some of these heart-warming reactions of people. PM Modi to present award to Ratan Tata this Saturday https://t.co/UY0QmFy9Ti pic.twitter.com/WS2GokSml3 — DeshGujarat (@DeshGujarat) December 17, 2020Prime Minister Modi presents the ‘ASSOCHAM Enterprise of the Century Award’ to Ratan Tata. Ratan Tata says PM has shown leadership in the worst year of the pandemic and drop in economic level. PM Modi has not dithered and led the country from the front in a difficult period pic.twitter.com/mAEPmBrsqN — CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) December 19, 2020The 82-year-old industrialist and philanthropist is the recipient of two of India's highest civilian awards - Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan https://t.co/MTjYc1eQBF — Economic Times (@EconomicTimes) December 19, 2020He is such a Gem..deserves so much more for everything he does for the nation..with utmost sincerity and dedication at that! What an inspiration!Huge Respect.. — Luv_Madz (@Chandrika2908) December 19, 2020A true visionary ...a staunch propagator of India First — Vinod Prabhakaran (@VinodPr08098469) December 19, 2020He is a jewel ( Ratna ) of India ( Bharat ) in real sense of the term. High time Govt. recognised too — Shiv Kumar Lohia (@iamshivlohia) December 19, 2020 View the full article
  9. I don't think I've ever seen a bigger controversy because of one ad, but this is what the country has come to now, I guess. When #BoycottTanishq started trending yesterday, it became one of the most hateful Twitter trends in recent times and looks like the controversy isn't going to die down anytime soon. Side note - was anyone else disappointed that the trend wasn't referring to Tanishk Bagchi? Only me? Okay. Basically, the problem people had with the jewellery ad was that, apparently, it promotes 'love jihad' as it showed a Muslim family organizing a godh bharayi ceremony for their bahu who is Hindu. So Hindutva bigots have called for a boycott of ⁦@TanishqJewelry⁩ for highlighting Hindu-Muslim unity through this beautiful ad. If Hindu-Muslim “ekatvam” irks them so much, why don’t they boycott the longest surviving symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity in the world -- India? pic.twitter.com/cV0LpWzjda — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 13, 2020 As one would expect, the ad blew up and people, who were never planning on buying jewellery from Tanishq, came out to boycott the brand and it spiralled way out of control. After all the hate and trolling, Tanishq took down the ad and it was at that point, Ratan Tata's name was dragged into this entire thing. A quick Google search shows that Tanishq's parent company is promoted by the Tata Group in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation. The plot thickens. ok Ratan tata sir is respected , no doubt, and thats why we don't want this ad! If this ad was of Sky Light Realty who is owned by robert vadara, we dont care at all. https://t.co/BnevNGA31d — Movie Mango ® (@Go_Movie_Mango) October 12, 2020 From what I've gathered, people are dragging Ratan Tata for making that ad in the first place and he's also getting called out for not taking a stand and instead, taking down the ad. Ratan Tata and the case of the missing spine — Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) October 13, 2020 The funniest thing is that people really think Ratan Tata is personally handling everything happening in the marketing of a company that he doesn't even fully have control over. It's a confusing narrative. Speaking of Tanishq, which is a Tata undertaking, didn't Ratan Tata turn out to be one of the biggest donors of bjp? Lol and they are making such ads as if they actually give two hoots abt anything and on top of it they now withdrew the ad to give sanghis a sense of power. — Hoopoe (@akks_13) October 13, 2020 Hmm. Tanishq has pulled down the Ad! Ratan Tata should explain us... What Happened?? — Mahua (@mahuadey20) October 13, 2020 Some people have come to his rescue. Ratan Tata is one of the most respected & non controversial human beings in India & worldwide. He has actually led a dignified life. He neither put the #Tanishq ad on air nor asked to pull it down. Disrespecting Rattan Tata for an Ad, just shows how small minded people are. https://t.co/o8tQNulDkN — Mansi Koul (@mansikoul) October 13, 2020 And, more people think he had nothing to apologize for in the first place. oh my god bhakts are asking ratan tata to spologize on behalf of tanishq for *drumroll* promoting communal peace, I really have no words rn — sea⁷ (@vantaereels) October 13, 2020 Uhhh. Mr Ratan Tata, TATA Group has been instrumental in every innovation in India so far. As an Indian, I will be forever indebted for that. But Tanishq's ad has hurt. I urge you to remove this ad I don't think the TATA group should get involved in racial issues#TanishqJewelry pic.twitter.com/XqzjqdBr0J — Abhishek Takale (@takale_abhishek) October 13, 2020 Hmm. This isn't only about Ratan Tata caving in but about us aND what future we are enabling in our country. Where we don't want yo show communal harmony. — Rana Safvi رعنا राना (@iamrana) October 13, 2020 People are selective about their outrage. Shut-up..tanishq is enough..Ratan Tata deserves way more respect than he gets now — Slayer (@Pranaav4567) October 13, 2020 I'm not sure what's going on here. Shame!! Mr. Ratan Tata. Why u r promoting such high level of stupidity? Why why only a Hindu woman supposed to marry in a muslim family? If u have guts, make a reverse ad where Muslim Girl is marrying Hindu boy, I challenge you.. u can't do it...#bycotttanishq — 🕉️🇮🇳 (@bht_ind) October 11, 2020 View the full article
  10. Mr Ratan Tata is one of the countryâs most-loved and admired personalities for a reason. Not only does Mr Tata possess remarkable business foresight, the visionary leader and generous philanthropist is also a great human being whose persona hasnât been corrupted by fame or success. © Twitter Vijay Thapak He is a carrier of a great legacy and one of the most prominent faces when it comes to pathbreaking Indian industrialists, and yet the 82-year-old continues to lead his life by never cutting corners when it comes to upholding ideals. Mr Ratan Tata is proof that a dignified approach to life and being an empathetic, kind gentleman need not be restricted just to real life but can be passed on to the virtual world as well. And here are 5 times he proved it: 1. When He Urged His Followers To Be Empathetic & Stop Online Hate © Twitter Ratan Tata Mr Tata created a buzz online, recently, after he shared an impassioned message calling for a stop on online hate and virtual bullying. He called out peopleâs apathy for hurting each other and passing judgements during these times of crisis. Calling for more kindness, sensitivity and patience, Mr Tata urged people to give empathy a chance instead of hate. View this post on Instagramð¤A post shared by (@ratantata) His comments only show that a true gentleman does not only care about his own people, but also those who make his community and look up to him. By guiding people to a better outlook, Mr Tata has proven that goodness and positivity can also be made viral online. 2. When He Showed Kindness To The Woman Who Called Him âChhotuâ © BCCL Mr Tataâs one million followers milestone on Instagram became big news for more than one reason. Remember the uproar which had followed Mr Tataâs official announcement and thank you note on Instagram when a follower congratulated Mr Tata and called him âchhotuâ? View this post on InstagramIâve just seen that the number of people on this page has reached a milestone. This wonderful online family is not what I expected when I joined Instagram and I have you to thank for it. I do believe that the quality of connections you make in this age of the internet is far greater than any number. Being a part of your community and learning from you is truly exciting and makes me very happy and I hope our journey together continues.A post shared by (@ratantata) Well, when the online trolls began lashing out at the woman for her choice of words, Mr Tataâs response to the comment won a million hearts. With the utmost kindness, Mr Tata replied to the comment and said, âThere is a child in each one of us. Please treat this young lady with respect.â © BCCL Well, if that isnât the most polished, gentleman-like behaviour we donât know what is. 3. When He Busted Fake News About Himself © Facebook Ratan Naval Tata In April this year, while the entire country was troubled by the dwindling state of the world economy and the Coronavirus outbreak in India, Mr Ratan Tata, like the responsible citizen that he is, took it upon himself to shed light on another ailment attacking the countryâs well-being - fake news - and cautioned people against being a part of it. The Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group bust fake news about himself which was widely being circulated on social media platforms. The post, containing a picture of him along with a âmotivational quoteâ which the picture alleged were Mr Tataâs own opinion on Indiaâs economy and whatâs in store for us in the future, caught his attention. Despite the quote not being harmful or misleading, Mr Tata took to his Twitter account to clarify that, âThis post has neither been said, nor written by me. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms. If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. Hope you are safe and do take care.â This post has neither been said, nor written by me. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms. If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. Hope you are safe and do take care. pic.twitter.com/RNVL40aRTB â Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) April 11, 2020 4. When He Publicly Shared His Take On Nepotism & How It Affected Him © BCCL During his interview with Humans of Bombay in February this year, Mr Tata revealed that when JRD Tata decided to step down from his position as the Group Chairman, and the Chairman of Tata Industries as well as Tata Sons in 1991, he was met with âvicious criticismâ. And since there were no other aspirants for that position other than Mr Ratan Tata, âthere was quite a vocal set of issues, of him having made the wrong decision...the criticism was personal -- JRD got clubbed with nepotism and I was branded as the wrong choice.â However, like the confident and honest man that he has always been, Mr Tata took it all with a pinch of salt and did what he had to do to uphold JRD Tataâs hopes for himself. âIâd been through this before, so I did what I knew best -- maintained a dignified silence and focused on proving myself.â Read about his entire experience here. 5. Times He Looked Out For Abandoned/ Needy Animals © Flickr Caring for fellow humans and extending a helping hand isnât the only thing Mr Tata feels strongly about. He is equally passionate about the lives of animals and the âvoicelessâ. From speaking up about the atrocities they face, to finding forever homes for abandoned or needy dogs, Mr Tata tries his best to do his bit when it comes to raising awareness and making a difference in their lives. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@ratantata) He supports many animal shelters and NGOs apart from personally urging people to adopt strays and abandoned pets. View this post on InstagramAfter having changed families multiple times, âSurâ no longer has a family to look after her. One can still see the spirit and love she carries and the hope to belong somewhere. It is heartbreaking to get attached to someone never to see them again. The last time, all of you generously helped me find Myra a loving family. I hope together we can do the same for âSurâ. If you think you can open your home to her, or know someone who can, give it some serious thought and fill in the link in my bio. I truly wait for the day when we no longer have to do this again. #onehomeatatimeA post shared by (@ratantata) Thatâs what a true gentleman looks like, doesnât it? View the full article
  11. Ratan Tata, formerly known as the chairman of the Tata Group, is one of the most humble industrialists that India has seen. With a net worth of more than $1 billion, he is also in the list of richest people of India. The successful businessman has donated for several causes, including the fiscally challenging times of the pandemic. To give you a peek inside the businessman's life, check out this list of expensive things that Ratan Tata owns. 1. Tata Residence © BCCL Owning a house in Mumbai is a farfetched dream for many, but since we are talking about Ratan Tata's residence, let us tell you that this huge mansion, which is sprawling over 14,000 sq. ft is estimated to cost around Rs 150 Crore. This sea-facing Bungalow is situated in the heart of Mumbai, near Colaba. This mansion is a little world in itself with luxurious rooms, gym, swimming pool, sun deck and more. 2. Dassault Falcon Private Jet © Getty Images If you didn't know this already, let us also tell you that Ratan Tata is a trained pilot, the first Indian Civilian who got to fly an F-16 Falcon in 2007. This jet is his pride and joy and it costs roughly around $30 million dollars. The interior of the jet has been customised with Tata's specifications which includes conference facility, sleeping arena and bathroom. It has the trans-continental range and Tata usually flies this Falcon himself. 3. Jaguar XF-R © Jaguar Jaguar XF-R is one of the most powerful saloon cars with supercharged speed. The car is high on speed and can hit 100mph in just a few seconds. This car is decked with beautiful interior and it is said that Tata customised the car, bringing in some improvements which include expensive alloy wheels and customised seating. The price paid for this car, however, is currently around $40,000. 4. Ferrari California © Instagram/Ratan Tata Ferrari specialises in manufacturing high-speed and top-notch cars. Ratan Tata bought a top-speed, convertible, red Ferrari California. This car is already super premium, and it is said that it was upgraded with more extras before being purchased by Ratan Tata. The cost of this car is estimated to be Rs 3.45 crore approximately. 5. Maserati Quattroporte © Maserati With an amazing built and design, the Maserati Quattroporte is synonymous with class and elegance. This amazing car features an acceleration speed of 0-60 that too in 4.7 seconds. It has exquisite Italian Zegna silk with high-quality materials that were dovetailed to design this masterpiece. Tata once said that this car is smoother than Ferrari and a terrific one to drive. This sports sedan is estimated to be around $100,000. View the full article
  12. The worldwide pandemic outbreak is doing more harm than imaginable. The situation is a real crisis that the whole world is facing right now and trying very hard to defeat. Yet, as disheartening as it is to see the number of casualties growing, witnessing the dwindling state of the world economy amid the coronavirus outbreak is equally worrisome. © BCCL Of course, we have all received our share of updates and news on Indiaâs economic state amid the COVID-19 crisis, but here is the real problem. Half of those âforwardedâ messages going âviralâ on social media are fake. Whether we like it or not, but this pandemic has indeed given rise to an unwanted infodemic and itâs time we admit it. © BCCL Just like the Chairman of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata, bust fake news about him merely hours ago today. The fake news which was widely being circulated on social media platforms contained a picture of him along with a âmotivational quoteâ which the picture alleged was Mr Tataâs own opinion on Indiaâs economy and whatâs in store for us in the future. © Reuters However, Mr Tata took to his Twitter account to clarify saying, âThis post has neither been said, nor written by me. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms. If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. Hope you are safe and do take care.â This post has neither been said, nor written by me. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms. If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. Hope you are safe and do take care. pic.twitter.com/RNVL40aRTB â Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) April 11, 2020 People love the manâs honesty and are lauding him for his great work nonetheless. You are doing great work sir,I'm struggling engineering working for as an civil engineer in construction company i hope to become like you one day with all the hard work and honesty... â Sahilwalimbe (@Sahilwalimbe1) April 11, 2020 Nice to see this ð¼ sir. You are inspiration for me Keep healthyhttps://t.co/9jmTYkuXNH â @Tá´sÊá´Ê SÊá´á´Êá´ð¶ð¶ð· (@001___________) April 11, 2020 While others are calling it a âBhaktâ move. These bakth writers , bakth channels, bakth media, bigot party will use famous n credible names to reassure the ppl about an economy that Modi wrecked. Mainly it's an effort to sweep the disastrous economy pre Covid under this excuse of Corona.... Modi got an oppertunity now. â harmony1960 (@harmony1960) April 11, 2020People also want to reassure Mr Tata that their trust in him remains intact. You're our hero. And we trust you. â दà¥à¤µà¤¸à¥à¤¨à¤¾ (@MissSingh16) April 11, 2020 Others are appreciating the fact that he took a stand against fake news. Okay !! Sir .. Good that you took time to make us know this .#StayHomeStaySafe â Gaurav Kumar (@gkgauravanand) April 11, 2020 Blaming the âpresstituesâ we see. Must have been created by ANI and Pliable Prakash! â Shehryar Khanum (@shehryar_khanum) April 11, 2020 While others call him the real motivator for all. Sir, you are the motivation to everyone on this planet.. â Atul puri (@taurasatul) April 11, 2020 Some even want PM Modi to take lessons from Mr Tata. Great Ratan Tata ji. How we wish @narendramodi gives such encouragement to the citizens while at the same time acting in a manner that does not cause pain to many of the citizens. â R S Vidya Sagar (@RSVidyaSagar1) April 11, 2020 Additionally, Ratan Tata announced a donation of Rs 500 crore to aid Indiaâs fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes the manufacturing of PPE for medical workers, test kits and ventilators besides also opening the Taj properties to be converted into treatment facilities for people. The COVID 19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time. pic.twitter.com/y6jzHxUafM â Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) March 28, 2020This man is a true philanthropist and knows how to lead through actions. View the full article
  13. When most of us sit comfortably inside our air conditioned offices and crib about the poor sewage system, and the garbage thrown on the footpath (which some of us are partly responsible for), some people are busy running around in the scorching heat sweeping the roads. Or climbing down the sewers and gutters and picking garbage from the streets. They are the sanitation workers. While most of us give disgusting looks at the sanitation workers and the work they do, no one can change the fact that the entire country will come to a standstill if they stop working. They are the backbone of this country and Ratan Tata just reiterated the same and why it's important to give them the respect they deserve. © Instagram The 81-year-old tycoon shared a heartwarming video today featuring a young kid who begins with explaining how his father's job is as important as any high-paying so-called 'respectable' job. "Mera baba desh chalata hai (my father runs the country)," the kid says in the video explaining his father's job that no father would want. The kid says how his father is not a politician or a doctor, a cop or an army man, but without his father the country would come to a halt, "Agar nahi jaayega mera baba kaam par, to ruk jaayega India ka har ghar (If my father doesn't go to work, every household in India will come to a halt)." He further says, "Sometimes I worry my father will lose to these diseases." © Instagram So, how did Tata come into this whole picture? It's because the video is a part of Tata Trusts' campaign 'Mission Garima' that aims to "reduce manual intervention of the workers with sewage and waste." "Mission Garima, For our very brave sanitation workers #twobinslifewins. In Mumbai, a city of 23 million, only 50,000 individuals are employed as sanitation workers. They are working in difficult conditions every single day to tackle the enormous amount of waste that Mumbai generates,â reads the caption. View this post on InstagramIn Mumbai, a city of 23 million, only 50,000 individuals are employed as sanitation workers. They are working in difficult conditions every single day to tackle the enormous amount of waste that Mumbai generates. As a @tata_trusts initiative, Mission Garima is working to provide safe, hygienic and humane working conditions for sanitation workers who are severely affected doing the unimaginable for the city so that we may find it clean! #TwoBinsLifeWins is a campaign urging citizens to segregate their biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste to help reduce the burden on these hardworking men and women. The links below will help you dispose of your waste responsibly and support our initiative. After all, this country is run by each one of us. https://www.tatatrusts.org/ #TwoBinsLifeWinsA post shared by (@ratantata)It further adds, "As a @tata_trusts initiative, Mission Garima is working to provide safe, hygienic and humane working conditions for sanitation workers who are severely affected doing the unimaginable for the city so that we may find it clean! #TwoBinsLifeWins is a campaign urging citizens to segregate their biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste to help reduce the burden on these hardworking men and women. The links below will help you dispose of your waste responsibly and support our initiative. After all, this country is run by each one of us." So, the next time you see someone cleaning a gutter, don't look down upon them. Instead respect their job because they are risking their lives to ensure that you live in a clean environment. View the full article
  14. If a name could be a carrier of a great legacy, there wouldnât be an individual more able to shoulder it than Ratan Tata. Formally known as Ratan Naval Tata, he happens to be one of the most prominent faces when it comes to pathbreaking Indian industrialists. A visionary leader and generous philanthropist, Ratan Tata was merely 21-years-old when he took over as the Chairman of the Tata Group. Today, at a ripe age of 82 years, Ratan Tata is still the resilient, confident and charming youngman at heart who broke many a heart, but also inspired thousands others with his inventiveness and zest for life. © Instagram Ratan Tata Known for never cutting corners when it comes to upholding ideals, Ratan Tata is proof that a dignified approach to life need not come at a cost. Mr Tata was just 10 when his parents went through an ugly divorce. Soon after he found himself and his brother in the care of his grandmother who happily overtook as the maternal figure in his life. Navajbai Tata turned out to be a force to be reckoned with. She would slather her young grandsons with immense affection but also followed it up with equal doses of hard life lessons and strong moral ideals which would go on to shape the absolutely inspiring man that Ratan Tata is. © Instagram Ratan Tata Talking to Humans of Bombay during a recent interview, Mr Tata went on to share how his grandmother gave him a mind of steel and an iron back cushioned by strong ideals that called for a life of dignity. From getting bullied by friends and facing personal discomfort at the hands of relatives who made a fuss about his parentâs separation, to daring to chase his dream of becoming an architect much against his fatherâs wishes, Mr Ratan Tata dedicates every high and every milestone to his grandmother and her lessons. © Humans of Bombay âI had a happy childhood, but as my brother & I got older, we faced a fair bit of ragging & personal discomfort because of our parentâs divorce, which in those days wasnât as common. But my grandmother brought us up in every way. Soon after when my mother remarried, the boys at school started saying all kinds of things about usâconstantly & aggressively. But our grandmother taught us to retain dignity at all costs, a value thatâs stayed with me until today,â Mr Tata told HOB. It didnât just stop at words, but instead Mr Tata and his brother imbibed their grandma's teachings and made it their way of life. âIt involved walking away from these situations, which otherwise we wouldâve fought back against. I remember, after WW2, she took my brother & I for summer holidays to London. It was there that the values were really hammered in. Sheâd tell us, âdonât say thisâ or âkeep quiet about thatâ & thatâs where âdignity above everything elseâ really embedded in our minds,â he says. © Instagram Ratan Tata Mr Ratan Tata has never shied away from showing his devotion towards his late grandmother. The woman who shaped his life like his own couldnât, Mr Tata says that he wouldnât have been able to life the life he so aspire for had it not been for his grandmother and her teachings. âSheâs always been there for us. Itâs difficult now to say whoâs right or wrong. I wanted to learn to play the violin, my father insisted on the piano. I wanted to go to college in the US, he insisted on UK. I wanted to be an architect, he insisted on me becoming an engineer. âIf it werenât for my grandmother, I wouldnât have ended up at Cornell University in the US. It was because of her that even though I enrolled for mechanical engineering, I switched majors & graduated with a degree in architecture. My father was upset & there was a fair bit of rancour, but I was finally my own, independent person in college & it was my grandmother who taught me that courage to speak up can also be soft & dignified.â © Instagram Ratan Tata Even after college, it was for his brave move that Mr Tata landed his dream job and loved every bit of it. However, the need to get back to his ailing grandmother brought him back to India, and the rest as they say is history. Mr Tata went on to become the torchbearer of a brand thatâs synonymous with trust, quality and reliable service, it was under the aegis of the great-grandson of Jamsetji Tata that the Tata Sons touched historic milestones. Credit is due to this man for making way for some of the most dependable, customer-friendly products and services, ranging from motor vehicles, F&B products, hospitality services and much more. Yet, despite being the stalwart that he is, Mr Ratan Tata continues to uphold Navajbai Tataâs ideologies and only reaffirms the fact that successful men never lose sight of the strong women who help them reach for the skies. View the full article
  15. Recently, Indian business tycoon Ratan Tata posted a picture of his younger self on Instagram which broke the internet as people started to realize the younger version of one India's biggest Industrialist, may as well have been a Hollywood star. This is also because if you take a look at the younger version of Mr Tata, you'll realize how the picture clearly suggests that cleaning up well can do a lot. And, especially, for Mr Tata, who stuck to basics especially when it came to his style game and made sure that even wardrobe staples like a basic crisp white shirt looked stunning on a regular day. Here's proof: View this post on Instagram I was going to post this yesterday, but I was then told about “throwbacks” and how they occur on Thursdays. So here is a throwback from my days in LA, not long before I happily returned to India. #throwbackthursday A post shared by (@ratantata) Post this picture, people just can't get over how good Ratan Tata looked in his time. For the uninitiated, Mr Tata is the great-grandson of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of Tata Group. He is also an alumnus of the Cornell University College of Architecture. After returning to India, he succeeded J. R. D. Tata upon the latter's retirement in 1991. During Mr Ratan Tata's chairmanship of 21 years, Tata Tea acquired Tetley and Tata Motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel acquired Corus, this was done in an attempt to take Tata from a largely India-centric group into a global business brand. So, we scouted for rare pictures of Ratan Tata from his days in the US as a student to his early days in India when he was stepping into heading the Tata Industries. These pictures will convince you that he was definitely very handsome (still is ) and has been on top of his style game at all times. 1. This is a picture from his time at Cornell University. © Instagram/Ratan Tata 2. This, however, has an official stamp from Cornell University. © Qoura 3. Ratan Tata in a basic white shirt. © Freemediaworld 4. A pictorial demonstration of Ratan Tata's aviation hobbies. © Medium 5. A picture of Mr Tata leading the way at Tata industries. © Rediff 6. We're assuming this one was taken right after Rata Tata returned to India. © Freemediaworld 7. This is a picture of Ratan Tata with J. R. D. Tata. © Freemediaworld View the full article
  16. Industrialist Ratan Tata may be new to Instagram, but the man sure knows how to put the platform to good use and do what actually matters instead of just posting pictures of himself. We all know about industrialist Ratan Tata's love for dogs. Recently, people on social media also found out how it helped a young man land a job in his office. Well, how can anyone not fall in love with them, they're so adorable and a human's best friend. But, looks like not everyone deserves them, as we often come across dogs who are abandoned or left to die by the humans they once trusted. © Instagram/Ratan Tata And 81-year-old Ratan Tata wants one such dog to get a home where she is loved and feels safe, and he needs your help for that. Sharing the pictures of Myra, an abandoned 9-month-old Labrador, he wrote "Of all the different sufferings that animals today have to go through, my heart truly breaks for the ones that get abandoned by families. I cannot imagine what must go through their minds when one day they have a home, and the next they don't." View this post on Instagram Of all the different sufferings that animals today have to go through, my heart truly breaks for the ones that get abandoned by families. I cannot imagine what must go through their minds when one day they have a home, and the next they don't. The kindness in 9 month old Myra's eyes still stays after being abandoned, and I could really use your help in finding her a family. Please don't be hasty in making this decision, but if you know someone or if you are that someone willing to make her believe in us again, please fill the link in my bio #onehomeatatime A post shared by Ratan Tata (@ratantata) on Nov 23, 2019 at 9:31pm PST He further wrote, "The kindness in 9 month old Myra's eyes still stays after being abandoned, and I could really use your help in finding her a family. Please don't be hasty in making this decision, but if you know someone or if you are that someone willing to make her believe in us again." We hope Ratan Tata's efforts help Myra find a place soon, which she can call her home. View the full article
  17. I feel the best people in the world are those who can bestow endless amounts of compassion, not just towards other fellow humans but animals too. They're absolutely extraordinary because to garner any amount of empathy for anyone out of one's own species is a difficult thing to do and those who do it flawlessly are truly worth a mention. © Motopaws While a lot of people dedicate their lives to the four-legged, we can surely talk about a few of them who've taken their hard work a notch higher and made a remarkable difference. Shantanu Naidu, a 27-year-old man happens to be one of them and we're glad we have people like him in the world. Not only has the young man been helping out by saving the lives of the four-legged, he has also bagged an executive position in Ratan Tata's office because of his good work. Well, it was a bit of a struggle but Shantanu made it happen nonetheless. It all started when he saw a dog who'd passed away on the road. Before he could move the dog's body to the side of the road, another car came and ran the dog over, again. This disheartened the youth to no extent and he decided to go on a mission to create reflective collars for all street dogs so the drivers could see them better and not run them over, especially at night. © OfficialsHumansOfBombay After making a prototype, Shantanu tested his product on a few dogs and he got positive messages from everyone on how the collars are keeping the dogs secure at night. There was no looking back for Shantanu thereon except he had no funds to make more collars. But his work was commendable enough for it to be covered by the Tata Group of Companies Newsletter. Right after the newsletter was out, when everyone was praising his work, Shantanu took the opportunity to write to Ratan Tata personally to help him fund his initiative. Not only did Mr Tata fund his initiative, he even offered Shantanu a job with Tata Trust. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and mentorship for Shantanu, and this is his remarkably beautiful story, full of trust, loyalty, hard work and compassion! View this post on Instagram “I graduated in 2014 & started working at Tata group. Life was pretty smooth, until one evening, I saw the dead body of a dog on the road. I've always been fond of dogs & also rescued a few. So, seeing a stray like that killed me. I stood there thinking about bringing the body to the side, when another car ran over it—I was gutted. I knew that I had to do something. So I called a few friends & made a collar with reflectors on it, for drivers to see the dog from afar. The next day, we went & put these collars on stray dogs. I didn't know if it would work, but when I received a message saying that a dog had been saved because of the collar—it felt amazing! Soon, word spread & our work got covered in the Tata group of companies' newsletter. People wanted to buy our collars, but we had no funding. That's when my dad asked me to write a letter to Mr. Ratan Tata, since he loves dogs too. I was hesitant, but then I thought, 'Why not?' So I wrote him a handwritten letter & forgot about it! Two months later, I received a letter from Mr. Ratan Tata himself! When I opened it, it said that he loved our work & would like to meet me—I couldn't believe it! A few days later I met him at his office in Mumbai. He told me,'I'm deeply touched by the work you do!' I still get goosebumps thinking about it. He then took me to see his dogs & that's how our friendship began. He also funded our venture! I left for my masters soon, but I promised him that once I finished, I would work for the Tata Trust & he accepted my request! As soon as I came back to India, he called me & said 'I have a lot of work to be done in my office. Would you like to be my assistant?'—I didn't know how to react. So I took a deep breath, & a few seconds later said 'Yes!' It's been 18 months since I've been working for him & even now, I have to pinch myself to know that this isn't a dream. People my age have a hard time finding the right set of friends, the right mentor & the right kind of boss. But I can't believe my stars that I found all these humans in one superhuman named Mr. Ratan Tata. People lovingly call him Boss, but I like to call him the 'Millennial Dumbledore'—I think that name suits him the best." A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Nov 20, 2019 at 1:24am PST While we go about our lives, we often forget we have others apart from ourselves who need love and affection which is quantifiable. Because animals cannot communicate with humans, it's a bit of an extra effort to recognise their needs and cater to them in accordance and those who do so befittingly are truly genuine and kind people. © OfficialHumansOfBombay A lot of initiatives such as Shantanu Naidu's initiative Motopaws (https://www.instagram.com/motopaws/?hl=en) make reflective collars for street dogs, so drivers at night can see them better and that helps them a great deal surviving on the streets and not getting run over. We're rather grateful to these unsung heroes who go out of their way to understand the emotions of an animal and we would request you to help such initiatives grow. If you have street dogs around you, definitely get in touch with Motopaws and put reflective collars around them so they can roam about freely at night, without getting into an accident. View the full article
  18. Tata Nano was an ambitious project kickstarted by the Chairman of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata. Ten years back when it was launched, everyone's eyes were on the "cheapest car" in the world and how it brings about a change for the Indian middle-class. Fast forward today, the dream is up in smokes as Tata Motors has decided to end the production of the Nano due to poor sales. While India is a developing market and automobile sales have been increasing steadily, the Nano just couldn't find a customer base for itself. The company produced only one unit in the month of June compared to 275 units produced in the same period last year. In comparison, passenger vehicles have seen a jump of 38 percent in sales. © Reuters In fact, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest automobile maker posted a growth of 40 percent. To top that, India still hasn't picked up on electric vehicles and consumers are actually opting for smaller cars that are easier to drive in densely populated urban areas. So, why did the Nano fail? I've spoken to a lot of marketing experts as well as automobile aficionado's and the major point of failure has been Nano's marketing. The company wanted to make a point, that the base variant should cost only Rs. 1 lakh, excluding taxes, which was never practically achieved. The base variant, in turn, was nothing but a metal box with an engine. © BCCL Purchasing a car is everyone's dream, and when you are open to spending on a four-wheeler, you'd want it to have at least some basic comfort features. These were missing from the base variant of the Nano, and if you wanted them, the cost escalated quickly to nearly at least Rs. 3 lakhs. Now, it must be noted that Tata's marketing of the vehicles was always around it being the cheapest car in the market. The "cheapest" tag didn't actually go well with the buyers, who are under societal judgment and pressure of having a status when purchasing a four-wheeler. The company tried multiple new ways of marketing it, giving new colours, improved interiors and fuel efficiency, but all this faded in front of the "cheapest" tag. © TATA In the last few years, Tata did realize what's wrong with their marketing efforts and tried to shift the campaigns. It tried to woo the young buyers by giving the car a more youthful aura and marketing it as an urban traveler that can easily seep through traffic. But, irreparable damage was done long back. The people's perception about the car wasn't going to change. In comparison, the competing cars like Alto 800, Eon, and the Kwid have been posting amazing sales results. These cars, even though small and in the same price bracket, are actually perceived to be just a "car" and not the "cheapest car". © MotorBeam Secondly, the Nano was plagued with electrical issues at the beginning that saw cars catching fire. The Nano's engine is located in the back, similar to where Indan rickshaws have an engine. Even the exhaust note has often been compared to that of a rickshaw. All these minor factors also hampered its sales and made the buyers keep their distance. There is no doubt the Nano indeed is a revolutionary product. India has long been known for cutting costs and focusing more on the utility than the looks or other superficial factors. There are lakhs of families out there who own a car, just because of Tata's efforts. These users do not regret their decision of opting the Nano. But unfortunately, the dream car remained a dream for the company. Source: Bloomberg
  19. Ex-foreign secretary of India, Subramanyam Jaishankar, was recently appointed by the TATA group as the president for its global corporate affairs. The ex-Indian diplomat retired as the foreign secretary in January 2018. Although there's a cooling off period of at least one year for most high profile diplomats, S Jaishankar was given a reprieve by the government. © Twitter In his diplomatic career, Jaishankar served as India's ambassador to some of the most important geographies including the US, China and Singapore. Jaishankar is a 1977 batch Indian Foreign Service officer who started his career at the Moscow embassy in 1979. A graduate of St Stephens College and JNU, Jaishankar had extensive diplomatic experience in south-eastern territories as well along with Eastern Europe and Japan, considered TATA groups key potential markets. “In his new role he will be responsible for the Tata group's global corporate affairs and international strategy development,” Tata Sons, the group's holding company, said in a statement. “Dr Jaishankar will work with Tata companies to help them strengthen their business presence and positioning in their respective geographies globally.” © Reuters While Jaishankar is fresh off the heals from his stint as the top Indian diplomat in the foreign ministry, his appointment will definitely help Tata sons to make key breakthroughs in markets that are proving to be a little too difficult in this ominous business environment. Moreover, how difficult can this stint really be for a man of the stature of Jaishankar whose critical handling of the Doklam standoff resulted in China retracing its steps back into its original territory? © Twitter Jaishankar's experience and skill at the highest level of government will definitely help Tata achieve a better footprint in the US and China. He is also known as a good negotiator, having negotiated the civil nuclear deal with the US on India's part. With a man of such prominence in the international community, a resource like Jaishankar is a steal for a conglomerate like Tata.
  20. Well, recently the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak visited India and shared his views on how and why India lacks creativity as compared to other countries like New Zealand. He did not say that we do not have the potential to have big tech companies in India, but at present, we are lagging behind. He could not mention any Indian company that could become one of the biggest tech companies and said India has Infosys as an example of the big tech company and even that is not very innovative enough. Well, there are people like Ratan Tata who have taken the responsibility of finding those diamonds and give them a chance to shine. We are sure that Ratan Tata can name enough tech companies from India that are innovative enough. Until now, Ratan Tata has invested in over 30 startups and among them, there are 19 tech startups. He believes in them and it's time we show our faith in our countrymen who are trying to make this world a better place, one startup at a time. When he invests, it also encourages other investors to bet their money on budding entrepreneurs. All of these companies may not look like developing a high tech design or product but they are building high tech platforms to make life simpler for everyone and we hope that is what innovation and entrepreneurship stand for. 1. Ola Ola, a cab-hailing service provider in India was founded in 2010 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati is the only major competitor in India to US-based Uber. The company has definitely changed how India travels. The company received funding from Ratan Tata in July 2015. 2. Paytm Paytm has been one of the biggest facilitators in making India a cashless economy. Although, the majors like Paypal have recently entered the Indian market, still Paytm shares the biggest market share as of now spearheaded by its founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma. 3. Zivame Zivame is an Indian online lingerie store launched in 2011 by Richa Kar and Kapil Karekar and is based out of Bangalore, India. As of now, the company has already seen a total funding of $49 million. 4. Snapdeal Snapdeal is an e-commerce company based in New Delhi, India and was started by Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal in February 2010. The company is in direct competition with Flipkart and Amazon and has seen a total funding of $1.8 billion as of now. 5. Ampere Ampere is an Indian manufacturer of electric bicycles and light-vehicles. The company develops its own running technology; including chargers. The company was founded in 2011 by Hemalatha Annamalai and is based out of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. 6. Lybrate Lybrate is another innovative online and mobile-based platform that connects patients and doctors which is playing its card in a market which is expected to reach to $280 billion by 2020, as per a Deloitte 2016 report. 7. Kyazoonga Kyazoonga is an entertainment and sports ticketing company which was founded in 2007 by Akash Bhatia, Arpita Majumder, and Neetu Bhatia. This Delhi based company received an undisclosed amount of funding by Ratan Tata in 2016. 8. Cardekho Cardekho is a car search platform which helps users buy and sell new and old cars. Its parent company is GirnarSoft. Cardekho was founded in 2005 by Amit Jain and Anurag Jain, and has seen a total funding of $65 million as of now. 9. UrbanClap UrbanClap, a service marketplace provider founded in 2014 by Abhiraj Bhal, Raghav Chandra, and Varun Khaitan raised an undisclosed amount in funding from Ratan Tata in December 2015. From plumbing to carpentry to electric work, UrbanClap connects you with the respected individual to get your work done. 10. Lenskart Lenskart is a shopping portal for eyewear and sells items such as sunglasses, eyeglasses, contact lenses and more. The company was founded in 2010 by Amit Chaudhary and secured funding from Tata in 2016. 11. Urban Ladder Urban Ladder is a Bangalore-based online furniture company which was founded in 2012 and was founded by Ashish Goel and Rajiv Srivatsa. The company has seen a total funding of $107. 2 million including an undisclosed amount of by Tata as well. 12. Bluestone Bluestone is an online retailer where users can purchase a variety of jewelry and be founded in 2011 by IIT graduate Gaurav Singh Kushwaha and Vidya Nataraj. The company received funding from Ratan Tata in 2014 and till now has seen a total funding of $66.7 million. 13. HolaChef HolaChef is a Mumbai based curator of Chefs ranging from Executive Chefs to Amateurs. The company was founded in 2014 by Anil Gelra, and Saurabh Saxena and received an undisclosed amount of funding in 2015 by Ratan Tata in his personal capacity. 14. FirstCry FirstCry is a Pune-based online shopping store offering a range of baby care products and toys and received an undisclosed amount of funding in 2016 by Ratan Tata. The company was founded in 2010 by Amitava Saha and Supam Maheshwari 15. DogSpot DogSpot is a Gurgaon-based online community for dog owners to interact and buy pets, supplies, and merchandise. The company started by Rana Atheya in 2007 received an undisclosed amount of funding by Ratan Tata in January 2016. 16. CashKaro CashKaro is a coupons and cashback site rewarding customers for visiting online retailers through their site and was founded in 2012 by Swati Bhargava. The company received an undisclosed amount of funding by Ratan Tata in 2016 and said they intended to use the money for building its technology and entering the international markets as well.
  21. Talking about marijuana is more or less a taboo in the Indian society. No matter how many points you put forward about its medicinal uses or how it can actually prove to be helpful if used in the right manner, you'll still come under the radar. But it looks like we are heading towards a progressive society. Well, sort of. A group of investors are now supporting the Bombay Hemp Company (Boheco), which is the first startup in India to study the medical use of cannabis in partnership with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). And among those investors are Ratan Tata, the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, and Google India's Managing Director Rajan Anandan. © Techgig The startup will begin its research by growing cannabis and studying its medicinal properties for use in the treatment of epilepsy and breast cancer and for palliative care as well. © Boheco Boheco was started by 7 youngsters as the country's first industrial hemp startup selling products from clothing to nutritional seeds. © Factordaily According to The Economic Times, the Mumbai-based company has raised a seed capital of around Rs 6.5 crores. Avnish Pandya, co-founder of Boheco said, "We already have our first batch of cannabis plants cultivated in Jammu, within the CSIR framework.” © Twitter He also stated that the company has seen active interest from the state governments of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and a few other states for cannabis cultivation permits. And that, to be honest, is a big and progressive step taken by a country like ours. Further details have been kept under wraps. However, Pandya said his company would have greater clarity on product development by the end of this year or next year, and expects that based on the regulatory process, the first products to hit the market will be for palliative care. And with this, you can be sure of one thing- a revolution is definitely underway!
  22. Tata Motors, on Friday, won the bid to produce 10,000 electric cars for the Indian Government. The company went up against its automobile counterparts like Mahindra & Mahindra and Nissan, putting up the cheapest proposals to manufacture e-cars. 3D model of how an assembled electric car looks like © Alternative Fuels Data Center You may be wondering why the government has so aggressively pushed for the manufacture of electric cars and the sole reason behind this initiative is to promote the use of electric vehicles to curb carbon emissions and lower the energy demand. The plan was laid out in May, putting forward a 15-year roadmap to electrify all new vehicles by 2030 and also, limiting the registration of petrol and diesel cars. If you are aware of the rapidly increasing depletion rate of conventional fossil fuels like petrol and diesel, this step to promote the use of electric cars seems like a noble one. China has also implemented the same You can see 10 Tesla cars charging in a row, back to back in China. Then why not here in India? And what could be the best way to do it other than running electric cars on Indian roads and make us use to it. Who would not enjoy a less polluted India? Have we forgot the pollution that surrounds Delhi in the winters. Seriously, you can actually see it clearly with your naked eyes. That winter is coming back again. Tesla cars charges at a charging station in Beijing, China, April 18, 2017 © Reuters A Tesla car charges at charging stations in Beijing, China, April 18, 2017 © Reuters Coming back to the details of the contract, the Central government entity, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has provided the contract to Tata motors. Now, the next big question is that how will Tata perform fulfilling such a grand promise made to the government. For this Tata motors has decided to manufacture the electric cars at Tata Motors-owned, Sanand Plant in Gujrat. Sanand plant has a capacity to produce 2.5 lakh cars per year. That's how they will complete the task. Workers assembling a car in Sanand plant, Gujrat © Reuters The fact is that there are already 500,000 vehicles in use by the government agencies in India. “These e-cars will be used to replace government cars over the coming three to four years,” said a government statement. That means, it is just a starting point and a lot more bids are to be made in the future. So keep your eyes and ears open. The Tata Tigor electric Sedan will come with a 5-year warranty and several features which an electric vehicle usually has. With recent developments like the easy availability of bank loans, if you choose to purchase an electric car, then a battery on lease and development of charging stations in selected cities, are sure shot actions and indications by the government to switch to electric vehicles asap.
  23. Head of Design at Tata Motors Pratap Bose (R) and zonal manager for Tata. Photo: AFP NEW DELHI: India´s Tata Motors has won a bid to manufacture thousands of electric cars for the government as part of a push to promote battery-powered vehicles as the nation grapples with soaring pollution levels. State-owned energy efficiency services limited (ESSL) will procure 10,000 cars from Tata Motors, with the first batch hitting roads later this year, the company said in a statement. The cars, priced at nearly $15,500, are the first attempt by the Indian government to replace its half-a-million fleet of diesel and petrol cars -- used by high-ranking government employees -- with electric vehicles. "First 500 e-cars will be supplied to EESL in November 2017 and the rest 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase," ESSL said. Tata´s rival in the market, Mahindra -- currently the only company manufacturing electric vehicles in India -- lost the bid. Japanese Nissan Motor also failed to win the contract. Most foreign car majors are not ready to bring their electric offerings to India. Mercedes said it needs a reasonable timeline and improved incentives for motorists, while Tesla boss Elon Musk has postponed entry to the Indian market. As one of the world´s most polluted nations, India has one of the most ambitious plans to kick its fossil fuel addiction, nearly 80 percent of which is imported. Vehicles that rely on petrol and diesel are a major source of carbon emissions in the country and Greenpeace blames at least 1.2 million deaths a year in India on pollution. New Delhi has said it wants all new vehicles to be electric by 2030. In addition to the 10,000 electric cars, it will also roll out nearly 100,000 electric auto rickshaws and buses in the next few weeks. A government report in May said the mobility of passengers through shared and electric vehicles can cut India´s energy demand by 64 percent and carbon emissions by 37 percent in 2030.
  24. Tata Advanced Systems, a division of the Tata Group, may start making F-16 fighter jets with Lockheed Martin, the largest military contractor in the world, soon. That's not it; they will be manufacturing the jets in India. © Twitter This is great news for PM Narendra Modi just days before he heads to the United States to meet with President Donald Trump. There is one caveat though. Their F-16 Block 70 fighter jet needs to win a bid against Saab's Gripen fighter jet for producing 100-200 single-engine fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. © Twitter Even though Saab hasn't yet announced an Indian collaborator for its newer aircraft, the Adani Group and Mahindra Group are frontrunners as of now. © Twitter If they win the contract, Lockheed-Martin will shift its manufacturing base from Texas to India. They believe there is an export potential of $15 billion in this region apart from the IAF contract. Apart from full service for the F-16s, Tata will also be responsible for all upgrades on the aircraft. India, the largest importer of weapons in the world, feels they need this upgrade to their current line-up of MiGs which have already surpassed their expiry date as tensions with Pakistan and China grow. © Twitter But, one thing which most news agencies are ignoring is the fact that the F-16 is an outdated aircraft as well. Even the latest version of the jet, the Block 70, which is being offered to India, is still way behind what the United States is using. The US Air Force has already started the process of replacing the F-16s with the F-35s, a much more advanced fighter, and experts are viewing this move by Lockheed as a means of offloading the jets on India. © Lockheed-Martin While this is still going to be a great move for the Indian economy and Modi's “Make in India” plans, countries like Denmark, Japan, Israel, and South Korea have already ordered F-35s. Yes, it is an upgrade, but who is the biggest winner here? Lockheed or India? © Twitter One company that seems to be making the most of this though is Tata Advanced Systems. The F-16s will be manufactured exclusively in India if this approx. $2 billion deal goes through. While Tata does have some experience in the defence sector, we can't help but feel like this is more a case of getting rid of fighters more than anything else.
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