Learning from the video “Keepers of the flame “.
“If you cannot make it greater, at least preserve it. Do not let things slide. Go on doing my work and increasing it, but if you cannot, do not lose what we have done already.”
-Jamsetji Tata to his son Dorab on his deathbed.
Jamsetji Nasserwenji Tata was a visionary. More than a century ago he laid ...view middle of the document...
He launched provident fund, gratuity, and accident compensation fund for workers long before they were statutory in the west. His idea of a iron and steel company was formed while visiting Manchester and listening to Thomas Carlyle, English philosopher and author lecture. His statement “ the nation that has the steel will have the gold” struck by him as it was desire to see India as the most advanced country and make it an industrial nation he decided to build a steel plant though British government was skeptical to support this venture. He visited America to lran more about its steel plant and didn’t like the conditions the workers were treated there and decided that would not happen to the workers in his plant. He described a township for the steel workers to his son Dorab in a letter. Seeing the pollution caused from the mills he decided to create a reservoir and artificial waterfall that would create hydroelectricity. He also wanted a place that would teach the young Indians minds the science but he did not live to see any of these ideas being created. One of the greatest creations by the Tatas during his lifetime was perhaps the creation of Taj Mahal the luxury hotel, the greatest gift to Bombay. Legend has it that he set his mind creating this hotel after he was denied into one of the city’s hotel because he was an Indian.
His extraordinary vision was fulfilled by his two sons Dorab and Ratan. Under the chairmanship of Sir Dorab the first steel plant production line was in guard in 1912, eight years after the death of Jamsetji. The Indian institute of science started functioning in Bangalore in 1911 and the valwan dam started producing hydroelectric power in 1915.
“Be sure to lay wide streets planted with shady trees, every other of a quick-growing variety. Be sure that there is plenty of space for lawns and gardens. Reserve large areas for football, hockey and parks. Earmark areas for Hindu temples, Mohammedan mosques and Christian churches.”
— Jamsetji Tata in a letter to son Dorab about his vision for the township that would eventually become Jamshedpur.
After Jamsetji Tata, comes Jehangir Rantanji Dadabhoy Tata (JRD).Just like Jamsetji Tata he also was a visionary. Born into the Tata Family in Paris on July 29’1904, JRD had a cosmopolitan upbringing. In 1925, R D Tata inducted his son JRD into the Tata sons as an unpaid apprentice and a year later on his father’s death he became the firm’s director. JRD was passionate about flying and was India’s first license holder to fly. In 1932, JRD flew from Karachi to Bombay and gifted the nation its first commercial airline later which became Indian Airlines and Air India on which he served as a chairperson....