Tata walks the talk

Posted: March 24, 2009 in Tata
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Judging by the response it has received the Nano seems to be heading in the right direction – into people’s homes and hearts. Till today, the Maruti 800 was in a way every Indian’s car – at least every Indian who could afford it. Will the Nano replace the 800 as India’s darling? It’s something we’ll have to wait and watch. Personally, I think it will. I asked my friend Adil Jal Darukhanwala about the Nano the other day and his take was “it’s a fantastic car”. As someone who lives, breathes and eats anything on wheels, I respect Adil’s views. I bought my Swift after he recommended it (“the World’s best car in its segment”) and I’ve had no complaints.
But it’s not the Nano that has captured my imagination, but the man behind it. Ratan Tata is the true inheritor of JRD’s legacy – not just in terms of material wealth that came as his way of the Tata group head but also in terms of ethics, principles and honesty – something that JRD embodied. Had JRD been alive today, he would have been proud of his protégé. Tata and India did what bigger companies around the world just spoke about. While they just talked, Tata walked the talk. It’s a lesson our politicians – who always promise but seldom deliver – can learn from.
Some reader cribbed that the interiors were cheap! Of course, it is cheap. For one lakh what did he expect, the interiors of a Honda? Someone else said one can’t speed. Why anyone should drive beyond 60 kmph on city roads, is beyond my comprehension. We are not on the e-way guys, and even there the speed limit’s 80 kmph. Others are saying the Nano will mess up the already polluted environment, that it’s more than the promised Rs one lakh price limit, etc etc. Give it a rest people, and let’s just savour the moment.

  1. feddabonn says:

    am not sure that more vehicles (whatever they are priced at) is what india needs. from my experience in 2 major cities, i beleive better public transport is what is needed. as for mr. tata’s principles, it seems to me that his primary principle is profit making. nothing wrong with that, but nothing hugely laudable either. while apparently promising to look at the environmental impact of the dhamra port, he (and his gang) seem hell bent on not being thwarted after the singur trouble.

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