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'I'm Not Passionate About Cars, It's Transportation'

The former MD of India's largest carmaker on his future plans, how he managed the edgy relationship between GoI and Suzuki, and working with the Japanese.

'I'm Not Passionate About Cars, It's Transportation'
Narendra Bisht
'I'm Not Passionate About Cars, It's Transportation'
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A few days after he relinquished charge as managing director at India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki Ltd, a busy-as-ever Jagdish Khattar, 65, was keen to know more about office space in Noida. In a freewheeling interview with Sunit Arora, the former bureaucrat spoke on his future plans, how he managed the edgy relationship between GoI and Suzuki, and working with the Japanese. Excerpts:

When we spoke slightly over a year ago, you were all set for retirement...

Nothing has changed. I spoke one truth, and one red herring—that I would retire. I made up my mind quite some time back that I'd call it a day at Maruti when my present term ended. I started thinking of alternatives, as there are so many opportunities. Basically, I'm a bureaucrat, for whom a very good term is three years. You take any yardstick, 14 years in Maruti with over eight years as MD is quite a lot. You start feeling restless, start thinking of what new to do. I've started working on it. It will take a few weeks, then I will be able to talk about it.

What kind of role are you...
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