As part of our Cultural Programme we will firstly pay tribute to the life and legacy of Jamshedji Tata.
Today in the UK – Tata’s legacy can be seen in the steel industry (TATA Steel) , car industry (owners of Jaguar, Land Rover Daimler and Lanchester) and and the tea industry (owners of Tetley). Internationally, TATA Group is a massive Indian multinational conglomerate company with its headquarters in Mumbai, India. “It encompasses seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. The TATA Group was founded in 1868 by Jamshedji Tata and today it has operations in more than 80 countries across six continents.”
Jamshedji was born in Navsari, Gujarat in 1839. He is regarded as the ‘Father of Indian Industry’. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister said the following about his character and his courageousness:
“When you have to give the lead in action, in ideas — a lead which does not fit in with the very climate of opinion — that is true courage, physical or mental or spiritual, call it what you like, and it is this type of courage and vision that Jamsetji Tata showed. It is right that we should honour his memory and remember him as one of the big founders of modern India.”
Jamshedji dedicated his life on achieving 4 goals; setting up an iron and steel company (TATA Steel, a world class learning institute (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore), a world class hotel (Taj Hotel in Mumbai) and hydro electric energy (TATA Power).
On the day of the Hill inauguration we will not just celebrate Jamshedji’s business success but his philanthropy and the impact of his good deeds on the world today.