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The super-wealthy, invariably, want exclusivity: monstrous homes, super-yachts, the loneliest beach, the rarest dog...and here’s Ratan Tata, head of an empire, choosing as pets 4-5 desi street dogs.


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1/D-80
Nov 26, 2011
05:28 PM

Our editor is in distinguished company in the matter regarding choice of pets.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
2/D-95
Nov 26, 2011
07:21 PM

Ratan Tata belongs to that rare breed of 'unstraight' but rich males. Dare-I-say, they impress authoresses like most of the 'unstraight' category do quite easily.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
3/D-2
Nov 27, 2011
12:24 AM

he has increased profit by 40 times but not the spending on charities...chrome alloy for tata steel in Jamshedpur comes from an impoversihed area in Orissa...tahlka has done a story on that..read that

anshul
Indore, India
4/D-49
Nov 27, 2011
07:41 AM

@Anshul, and whose fault is it that parts of Orisa remain impoverished even after so many years? Tehalka ever bother to do a story on that?

Prakash Kumar
New Delhi, India
5/D-108
Nov 27, 2011
09:18 PM

Chairman of the Tata group for 20 years now, his leadership has increased group revenues 40-fold

Ratan Tata has undoubtedly been a great business leader and visionary. The acquisitions of Corus by Tata Steel and of Jaguar and Land Rover by Tata Motors are testimony to his vision.

Having said that, consider these points:

(1) correct these figures for inflation over the past two decades
(2) most of this growth is due to the boom in the IT sector (TCS has grown exponentially in this period)
(3) the rapid growth of the Indian economy post-liberalisation, especially in the Automotive and FMCG sectors.

It sure does take off some sheen from the 40-fold increase, doesn't it?

Most Indian corporate houses have equally impressive figures, if not better. The credit should go to long-forgotten former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and his hand-picked Finance Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh for ushering in the policy reforms which facilitated these success stories..

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
6/D-116
Nov 27, 2011
10:09 PM

And how could anyone ignore the elephant in the room - 2G scam - while talking about Tata?

Remember that Tata was born from a Congie largesse - the iron mines of 'Jamshed'pur - the ORIGINAL mining scam of Nehru.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
7/D-24
Dec 01, 2011
09:24 AM

Post No 5 : D.L.Narayan

I am completely in agreement with the three statements you have made on : the impact of (i) inflation (ii) boom in the IT and (iii) Automotive and FMCG Sectors on the many-fold increase in the revenues of the Corporate Houses like the Tatas in India

Indeed,  it is a pity that the contribution of former PM, Mr P.V.Narasimha Rao for laying the foundations for a faster growth  of Indian economy in Early 90's  has not been well-recognised  either by the presesnt Regime at the Centre, the Congress Party, the English and Vernacular Media or people at large .It is ironical that PV has been ignored by the political parties including the Congress Party in his own state of Andhra Pradesh! 

The reasons for this neglect of PV are several : At the national level they are the following : (i) A deliberate neglect of PV by the Congress Worthies to boost the image of the Gandhi family after a Seven-year political hybernation of  Madam Sonia and family  in the post-Rajiv period, (ii)  Traditional dominataion of North over South in political matters and (iii) Lack of charisma from a self-effacing PV .

At the regional level the reasons for the neglect of PV are : (i) A general charecteristic of lack of  pride and appreciation of  regional identity, language, culture and of political leaders among the Telugus, (ii) an  overwhelmingly greater  fascination and admiration of  the Telugus for the Nehru-Gandhi family as compared to the other Southern States (ii) and a slavish mentality of the Congress worthies vis-a-vis Gandhi family.

Only after  the political advent of  NTR and his  Telugu Desam  Party, Telugu people's  regional identity and culture were recognised by the rest of the country. NTR with his strident call for "Telugu vaari Aatma Gauravam" (Self Respect of the Telugus) did the rest of the country began to notice them as what they are, and  not as "Madraassies".

NTR did not put up a TDP candidate against PV when the latter contested in the elections to the Lok Sabha from the Nandyala constituency of Kurnool Dt , thus facilaitating his victory on a grand scale leading to his becoming PM. After NTR faded away from the scene, things were back to square one ! 

The Congress Worthies of AP  once again became "YES  Men and Women" --"Doo--Doo Basavannalu ", as they say in Telugu. So remebering PV is out of question !!

                                                     

G. Niranjan Rao
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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