Ratan Tata 85th Birthday: Ratan Tata started production of fully built car for the first time in India. The name of this car is Tata Indica. 100% made in India, the car was first showcased at the 1998 Auto Expo and Geneva International Motor Show.
Today i.e. December 28 is the 85th birthday of Indian industrialist and Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata. Apart from being a well-known business man, Ratan Tata has also been a motivational speaker. He does not believe in conducting business without a sense of charity and humanity. He was born on 28 December 1937 in Mumbai to Naval Tata and Suni Tata. He was part of the country’s prestigious Tata family. He started his career in Tata Group at the age of 25.
Ratan Tata went to America in 1959 to study architecture and structural engineering.
In the year 1959, he went to Cornell University in America to study architecture and structural engineering. Before returning to India in 1962, he worked for Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles. After returning to India in 1962, he later joined the Tata Group. He got his first job in the group at Tata Steel Division in Jamshedpur. In the year 1975, he did a management course from Harvard Business School. Became the chairman of Tata Group in the year 1991. These are the things that everyone knows about Ratan Tata. But there are some such things about Ratan Tata that only a few people know. Let us tell you about it-
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Ratan Tata brought the first completely made in India car
Ratan Tata started the production of the first fully built car in India. The name of this car is Tata Indica. 100% made in India, the car was first showcased at the 1998 Auto Expo and Geneva International Motor Show. The Indica was the first country car to be available in both petrol and diesel engines. The Ratan Tata-led Tata Group made international forays by acquiring Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus, British luxury brands Land Rover and Jaguar. Ratan Tata also has the achievement of making the world’s cheapest car Tata Nano.
Ratan Tata was brought up by his grandmother
Ratan Tata was brought up at the Tata Palace by his grandmother, Lady Nawazbai, until the age of ten.
Worked to put limestone in the furnace in Tata Steel
Despite being offered a job with American tech giant IBM, Tata decided to return to India and began his career with Tata Steel. His family members were the owners of the company, but he started working in the company as a general employee. He also did work like putting limestone in furnaces in Tata Steel plant.
Ratan Tata is fond of flying planes and cars
Ratan Tata is very fond of flying. He became the first Indian to fly the F-16 Falcon in 2007. He is also very fond of cars. His collection includes cars like Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes Benz S-Class, Mercedes Benz 500 SL and Jaguar F-Type.
…When the chairman of Ford Company insulted Ratan Tata
When Indigo was first launched in the 90s, the company’s sales did not meet expectations. At that time, Tata Group decided to sell the passenger car division of Tata Motors, which was facing challenges. For this, Ratan Tata spoke to Bill Ford, chairman of American car maker Ford Motors. During the conversation, Bill Ford mocked him and said that you do not know anything, why did you start the passenger car division? It would be a great favor to you if I make this deal. Ratan Tata was greatly hurt by these words of the Ford Chairman but he did not express it. He then postponed his decision to sell the passenger car division and took revenge in his own style.
Ratan Tata got a chance to take his revenge after nine years
After postponing the deal with Ford, Ratan Tata returned home and focused on the car division of Tata Motors, taking it to great heights. Nearly nine years after the conversation with the head of Ford, Tata Motors cars had made their mark all over the world. The company’s cars were included in the world’s best selling category. On the other hand, the condition of Ford Company was getting worse. Tata took the responsibility of rescuing the sinking Ford company and at the same time avenged his humiliation nine years ago. In fact, Ratan Tata offered to buy its popular brands Jaguar and Land Rover to rescue Ford facing challenges. But for this he did not go to America but called the chairman of Ford to India for the deal.
During the deal Ford chairman changed tone, praised Tata
To avenge his insult, Ratan Tata, without saying anything, created such a situation that forced the Ford Chairman to change his tone. Accepting Ratan Tata’s offer in Mumbai, Ford Chairman Bill Ford said the same things for himself which he once said while insulting Ratan Tata. During that time he thanked Ratan Tata and said, “You are doing us a big favor by buying Jaguar and Land Rover series.”