Thursday, May 26, 2022


WATCH: JRD Tata, the visionary industrialist talk about family, man-management & civil aviation

Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, popularly known as JRD Tata, was born in a family of industrialist Jamsetji Tata, who had left a legacy of his own which was difficult for others to fill. However, JDR Tata, the son of Jamsetji’s cousin RD Tata, when given the responsibility of an already established brand, did not take it for granted but added more to the brand Tata was known for.

He wasn’t just an entrepreneur, but a visionary who had dreamt of making India equipped with facilities of its own. JDR Tata oversaw the dramatic expansion of the Tata Group and the industrialization of India. He aimed to build a self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-enabled, and self-made India, something he achieved during his mammoth career at the helm of the Tata Group.

The Tata’s rarely talk make public interviews. However, from the archives of Prasar Bharati, here is a radio autobiography of the late industrialist where he talks about his family, how he got into the business, and little anecdotes that no one knows about. He talks about his heritage, his legacy, and where he comes from. Listen to the industrialist and entrepreneur shed light on his life.

Watch (Part 1):

JRD Tata had a fine knack for details, he was a perfectionist, a visionary. He wanted all his stakeholders to be happy and content with the company, and he worked hard to ensure it.

JDR Tata was great at man-management, he was responsible for creating for the first time a personnel department for the workers and labours. He had thought of people who were working for him tirelessly. In the radio autobiography, Tata shared that in 1944, when he got ill with pneumonia, he realized that there was no organized system of looking after the workers the way for the plant, and the machines. In management, machines were given more importance than the human machine, the human beings.

As a result of his dwellings, he created the personnel department in Jamshedpur, flew one of his men from Bombay to look after it and the problems or issues related to the workers and labour force.

In the autobiography, JRD Tata also dwells at length on the evolution of Civil Aviation in India post World War I. He talks about how State Control during WW2 stifled the rise of Aviation Manufacturing in India and on the subsequent Nehruvian folly of nationalization of Air India.

Watch the complete radio autobiography here:

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