On the Birth Anniversary of JRD Tata let us make a small tribute in revisiting his milestones and inspirational traces. Let me remind you that, We are about to take a toll of journey about a person upon whose death, the Indian Parliament was ‘adjourned’ in his memory – an honor not usually given to persons who are not Members of Parliament.
The French-born JRD Tata held French citizenship until 1929. It is also riveting to know that he worked in the French army in the Spahis regiment during the Second World war. After he arrived in India, he joined as a normal trainee without pay, and with almost 12 years of rigorous hard work and dedication, he became the Chairman of Tata & Sons.
His life is a complete example of the famous quote by “Eleanor Roosevelt – The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
He had always dreamed of Flying, and later he became the First Indian Pilot to have a Pilot License. Further, he is the man behind Tata Airlines which is now Air India after the Indian Govt acquisition. Air India was the first Indian International Airlines and one of the largest airlines in the Indian subcontinent then. Which is now the third-largest in India.
Now, it is not an astonishment to know that Father of Indian Aviation was an inspiration to Kalpana Chawla who even held his Photo with her while she was on her space mission.
The man with the sheer sight of a business tycoon also had the pursuit of greater welfare and visionary projects. He is the man behind Asia’s first Cancer Hospital, with his support Tata Memorial Center for Cancer was established.
He was a man of a holistic approach. It is elating to know that an ambitious businessman who started 12 new enterprises solely in his period in the TATA group, is the same person who received the ‘United Nations Populations Award’ for initiating and implementing the family planning movement in India which was at the need of the hour in the country.
He is a positive inspiration on high ethical grounds of the work environment, with a reputation of refusing to offer bribes or encouraging the Black market.
“Always aim at perfection for only then will you achieve excellence.”
These are the lines given by the Man behind the brands which are famous in present times also, like Tata Motors or Titan Industries.
Disproving the concept of Jack of all Trades, Master of None. Along with Business and Social welfare, he also stepped into the educational arena. He founded the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and the National Center for Performing Arts.
JRD Tata died in Switzerland due to a kidney infection and he was buried at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris which is the Largest Cemetery in Paris. It is a fair tribute to the life he lived and the dreams he into a reality in the early developmental times of India.
His vision is an enormous motivation for the new generations for dreaming as big as possible, in a new wide world of modern opportunities. Typically, the major Indian youth, even graduates from topmost Institutions like IIT’s, IIM’s are adjusting with a decent pay from a reputed organization.
The people like JRD Tata are not an example for individual success or aiming big, they are a hope for constructing the ecosystem of development with a single individual’s visionary approach.