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The Battle of the Parsis

Will the house that Jamsetji built with a capital of Rs 21,000 in 1868 continue to retain its values? LET’S START THIS story with the one question everyone asks. How many Parsis are there in India? The answer is likely to be anything between 50,000 and 60,000. No one knows for sure. Ask the Parsis. They will claim 60,000. Ask the demographers. They are more likely to say anything between 45,000 and 50,000. Article by Pritish Nandy | The OPEN Magazine In either case, you would imagine such a ti...
Tags: Asia, England, Supreme Court, Wales, Life, China, India, US, Industry, Mumbai, Ratan Tata, Air India, Bombay, James, Gujarat, Tata Consultancy Services

A paradox revealed through portraiture

A photograph taken seven years before her passing says much about the life, times and character of the trailblazing Meherbai Tata The much-loved wife of Dorabji Tata and daughter in-law of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group, Meherbai Tata was a woman of personality. A participant in the ornamental theatrics of being imperial within Empire, one finds her name regularly among the maharajas, nawabs and begums in royal chronicles. And deservedly so. Meherbai was honoured with the ‘Comm...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, History, Heritage, Paris, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Lafayette, Rembrandt, Mumbai, Queen Victoria, Tata, Reed, George V

Book Review | The TATAS — How a family built a business and a nation

Girish Kuber’s book has many interesting anecdotes of stories, struggles, trials and tribulations, and many jubilations behind the family’s journey. A lot is already known about the Tatas; one of India’s foremost business groups and family. Despite this, Girish Kuber’s account of the Tatas spanning 200 years is worth a mention because it condenses- and yet maintains enough drama and riveting details of- the story of how the Tatas built an empire. Girish Kuber, Editor of Loksatta (the Marathi dai...
Tags: Hong Kong, Books, London, Indonesia, Life, India, Telecom, Mumbai, Taj Mahal, Air India, Bombay, Gujarat, Tata Steel, Tata, Mills, Jamshedpur

An Expert Explains: Behind the Tata-Mistry feud, the crossed wires of history

The Supreme Court has set aside a Tribunal ruling that had reinstated Cyrus Mistry as Executive Chairman of Tata Sons. Tracing the history of the Tata, Wadia and Mistry families, leading to the ongoing conflict. Written by Coomi Kapoor Ratan Tata with Cyrus Mistry, whose removal as Tata Sons Exceutive Chairman has led to a long legal battle. (PTI File photo) For fresh insight into the high-stakes billion-dollar Tata-Mistry corporate battle, which set off tremors in the Bombay Stock Exchange...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Life, India, BJP, Industry, Tribunal, Ratan Tata, Tata, PTI, Cyrus, Dara, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi, Vajpayee, Cyrus Mistry

India’s Vaccine Diplomacy and the Parsis

India’s vaccine diplomacy drive which has become the toast of the town in many a world capital, has much to thank the Parsis –  a tiny community which migrated from ancient Persia to India’s western shores some 12 centuries ago. Billionaire Adar Poonawala and his father Cyrus took the leap of faith in the early days of development of the Oxford University – AstraZeneca vaccine and agreed to invest in a huge facility in the west Indian city of Pune to make a billion doses of the vaccine for the ...
Tags: Opinion, Saudi Arabia, Life, China, India, Narendra Modi, US, South Africa, Pakistan, Morocco, Brazil, Bangladesh, Astrazeneca, Sam, South Asia, Seychelles

The pioneering lawyer who fought for women’s suffrage in India

Amid the pandemic gloom, it is easy to forget that the year 2020 marks an important anniversary for women’s rights. In the US, it has been 100 years since women cast their votes for the first time. A century ago in the United Kingdom, the first female law students were admitted to the Inns of Court. At Lincoln’s Inn in London, one of those students, Mithan Lam, was an Indian. In 1924, she became the first woman to be allowed to practise law in the Bombay High Court, shattering one of the thickes...
Tags: England, London, Supreme Court, Life, India, US, San Francisco, History, Bbc, Britain, United Kingdom, Lincoln, Kashmir, Lse, Bombay, Tata

Tata Steel rededicates Sir Dorabji Tata Park to the people of Jamshedpur

Statue of Lady Meherbai Tata unveiled on the occasion; design based on principles of sustainability Tata Steel on Saturday rededicated the Sir Dorabji Tata Park opposite the Keenan Stadium in Bistupur to the people of Jamshedpur on the occasion of the park’s silver jubilee. Saturday also happened to be the 141st birth anniversary of Lady Meherbai Tata, wife of Sir Dorabji. Sir Dorabji Tata was the eldest son of Tata group founder J.N. Tata. The renovated Sir Dorabji Tata Park with the diamon...
Tags: News, Life, India, Mumbai, Tata Steel, Tata, Jamshedpur, Calcutta, Tata Group, Howrah Bridge, Butterfly Park, Oval Maidan, Narendran, T V Narendran, Meherbai, Dorabji

Tata Sons offers to buy out Shapoorji Pallonji Group’s stake in shares dispute

Tata Sons has offered to buy out Shapoorji Pallonji group‘s stake in the holding company to help the group raise money to pay its debt. The Supreme Court has also barred the Mistry group from pledging or selling any Tata shares until October 28, when it starts hearing final arguments in the case. A Tata Sons lawyer informed the SC of the offer to purchase the 18% stake owned by the cash-strapped Shapoorji Pallonji Group to raise money for paying maturing debt. The SP Group has pledged the shar...
Tags: Supreme Court, Life, Industry, Sc, Tata, The Supreme Court, PE, IDBI, Tata Sons, Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Cyrus Investments, SP Group, Tata group Tata Sons, Axis Trustee Services, IDBI Trusteeship Services, Brookfield Asset Management The

The last of the Zoroastrians

My grandfather had never been a tall man, and now he looked absurdly small, no bigger than a child. Swaddled in off-white sheets like a newborn, with just his head and the soles of his feet visible, his eyes were open and mouth disconcertingly agape, as if in surprise. His corpse was slightly raised from the floor, lain atop a rickety wooden stretcher. Beside the body, three priests in white robes intoned in Avestan, the long-dead language of the Zoroastrian scriptures, as a small fire burned i...
Tags: Asia, Europe, England, New York, London, Opinion, Life, Russia, India, Israel, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, Toronto, Iran, Britain

Saklatvala Mausoleum in New York

An email from my friend Kersi Shroff tipped me off on what turned out to be a great treasure hunt in search of the Saklatvala Mausoleum in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in New York City. Kersi writes… The Woodlawn Cemetery has cuneiform inscription on the tomb of the then well-known Phirozshah Saklatvalla, whose mother was the sister of Jamshedi Nusserwanji Tata. Phirozshah became a U.S. Citizen in 1904, making him one of the earliest non-whites to be granted citizenship. Prof. John ...
Tags: History

Who is Noel Tata? The man pipped to be inducted in Tata Sons Board

Who is Noel Tata? The man pipped to be inducted in Tata Sons Board Noel Tata, trustee and half-brother of Ratan Tata, may be inducted as Director on the board of Tata Sons. Reports say discussions on appointing Noel on board of Tata Sons have intensified, however, a final decision is yet to be made. Image Source : FILE PHOTO Noel Tata is the half-brother of Ratan Tata and trustee at Sir Ratan Tata Trust Noel Tata, trustee and half-brother of Ratan Tata, may be inducted as Director on the board...
Tags: News, Life, Ifc, Jaguar Land Rover, Ratan Tata, Noël, Tata, Trent, Tata Group, Cyrus Mistry, Tatas, Ralf Speth, Tata International, Tata Sons, Shriram, Tata Trusts

My stand on Tata legacy hotspots is vindicated: Cyrus Mistry to SC

In his affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Mistry gave details on businesses which, he claimed, had failed due to wrong business calls made by Mistry’s predecessor, Ratan Tata. Cyrus Mistry, former chairman of Tata Group, has said his stand on the group’s sick businesses was vindicated as losses in these “legacy hotspots” continued to mount even after a new management, led by the current chairman N Chandrasekaran, took over. Article by Dev Chatterjee | Business Standard In an affidavit fil...
Tags: Business, UK, Life, Ratan Tata, Sc, Tata Steel, Tata, Port Talbot, Tata Motors, Tata Group, Bharti Airtel, Mundra, Tata Power, Tata Teleservices, Tata Sons, NCLAT

JRD Tata — the democratic capitalist

In today’s context, JRD would have approved of ‘Make in India’, but not the dilution of workers’ rights to attract foreign investors JRD Tata was chairman of Tatas, India’s largest industrial conglomerate for 51 years, from 1938 to 1989. He steered the group through several regimes hostile to Indian industry: British Raj which discouraged making in India; and the Licence Raj, the bureaucratic muddle for ‘making in India’. JRD said that whenever he had to take a tough business decision, he would ...
Tags: Life, India, Industry, Telco, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel, Tata, Jamshedpur, Mahatma Gandhi, Tata Group, Raj, Pune, Tatas, Tata Chemicals, Tata Sons, Jamsetji Tata

Ratan Tata awarded honorary doctorate by University of Manchester

Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manchester for his contribution to innovation and philanthropy. The UK university said the award was presented to the 82-year-old industrialist in Mumbai recently during the India tour of President and Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell. “Ratan is inspirational. For him, philanthropy and innovation are spokes of the same wheel, each leading towards the improvement of lives which is th...
Tags: UK, News, Life, India, Manchester, Mumbai, Ratan Tata, Social Responsibility, Tata, University of Manchester, Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata, Dame Nancy Rothwell Ratan, University of Manchester Rothwell, Tetley Daewoo Corus Jaguar, Rover Ratan

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu releases commemorative postal stamp and coffee table book to commemorate 100 years of Jamshedpur

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu releases commemorative postal stamp and coffee table book to commemorate 100 years of Jamshedpur Applauds Tata group`s ethical approach to business Jamshedpur, Feb 17: M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, released the commemorative postal stamp, coffee table book at Tata Auditorium -XLRI today. He was the Chief Guest of the Commemorative Function of 100 Years of Jamshedpur and was accompanied by Droupadi Murmu, Governor of Jharkhand; Champai Soren, Minister ...
Tags: Life, India, Tata Steel, Tata, Jamshedpur, CFE, Venkaiah Naidu, Hon, TWU, Sakchi, Ravi Prasad, Anil Kumar, Jamshedpur Applauds Tata, Droupadi Murmu, Tata Auditorium, Jhumar Chhau Mundari

Nusli Wadia withdraws defamation suit against Ratan Tata

Tata told the Supreme Court that he did not intend to defame Wadia Wadia Group Chairman Nusli Wadia has withdrawn a defamation suit against Ratan Tata. The decision by the Indian-born British Parsi businessman comes after Tata told the Supreme Court that he did not intend to defame Wadia. The defamation case, filed in December 2016, sought Rs 3,000 crore. Wadia backed Cyrus Mistry after he had been ousted from Tata Sons in October 2016. In the defamation suit, Wadia also mentioned board memb...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Life, Ratan Tata, Tata, Cyrus Mistry, Parsi, Wadia, Tata Sons, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal NCLAT, N Chandrasekaran, Nusli Wadia, Wadia Wadia Group, Subedar, Sharad Arvind Bobde, Bobde

Throwback to when Ratan Tata moved Howard Schultz Starbucks CEO to tears

Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata is one of the most respected industrialists not just in India but internationally. The notable industrialist is the recipient of two of the highest civilian awards – Padma Vibhushan (2008) and Padma Bhushan (2000). Tata is known for his contribution in transforming the Tata group under his chairmanship and for his philanthropic work. It may be noted that to the delight of his fans, Tata joined Instagram last month and within a couple of hours, garnered over 85,00...
Tags: Asia, Instagram, Life, India, US, Howard Schultz, Starbucks, Mumbai, Ratan Tata, Tata, Schultz, Padma Vibhushan, Starbucks Corporation, HOWARD SCHULTZ Starbucks, Individuals, Starbucks India

7 Beauty Brands That Make Recycling Their Packaging Easy

When considering your skin and hair-care routines, it may be what's inside a product that counts — but in 2019, the packaging is also worthy of your attention. As consumers and beauty fanatics, it's both impossible and irresponsible to ignore the industry's carbon footprint. While it's fantastic progress that , and that we're buying more natural formulas than ever, it's also important to address the container.Accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage, but with , packaging has a huge...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, Tata, Al Gore, Kevin Murphy, Green Circle Salons, Farmacy, Tata Harper, Green Hub, Aether, Alex Brownsell, Sam Campbell, FSC Forest Stewardship Council, Tiila Abbitt, Aether Crystal Grid Gemstone Palette

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, a Swadeshi who tried to make India a manufacturing hub

On Jamsetji’s 180th birth anniversary, ThePrint’s Remya Nair remembers the industrialist who set up India’s most well-reputed business empire. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was the founder of the entity that went on to become Tata Sons, an Indian conglomerate that now employs more than 7 lakh people and has a total revenue of more than $110 billion. His first cousin Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata would take his work forward and the Tata Sons would reach its zenith under Ratanji’s son J.R.D. Tata. Today, Ra...
Tags: Life, China, India, History, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bombay, Gujarat, Tata, Jamshedpur, Nagpur, Tata Group, Navsari, Wacha, Surat

Noel Tata joins Tata Trusts board

Tata Trusts, which controls India’s largest conglomerate, the Tata Group, has inducted chairman Ratan Tata’s half-brother Noel Tata on the board. The appointment is seen as paving the way for a potential successor to the present chairman. Speculation about Noel’s entry has been gathering steam with the small but prominent Parsi community rooting for a Tata family member to helm the Trusts in the future. TOI had reported on the likelihood of Noel, who is chairman of Trent and MD of Tata Interna...
Tags: News, Life, India, Cbi, Ratan Tata, Noël, Tata, Jimmy, Tata Group, Cyrus Mistry, Parsi, Pune, Venkat, Tata International, Tata Sons, R Venkataramanan

Commemorating Zoroastrian and Indian women in the British Suffrage movement

Our dear friend Shazneen Y Munshi wrote a report on the event that commemorated Zoroastrian and Indian women in the British Suffrage movement. This was initially shared by Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe on their mailing list, and has been published here with permission from ZTFE. Commemorating Zoroastrian and Indian women in the British Suffrage movement House of Lords Wednesday 12th September 2018 Report by Shazneen Y Munshi ZTFE Jt. YZ Coordinator & Jt. Communications Officer On W...
Tags: UK, England, London, Life, India, Events, House Of Lords, Britain, Pakistan, House Of Commons, Mother, Lincoln, Victoria, Parliament, Oxford University, Metropolitan Police

Tata Group history is also the history of Indian industry

The history of a behemoth that is also the history of Indian industry T.R. Doongaji hails from Nagpur, the place where Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata started his first venture, Empress Mills, in 1877. When he was around six years old, Doongaji’s cousin would take him to the fire temple where, before entering, he would ask him to touch his head to a bust of “the founder” placed on a pedestal. “I did what he asked me to,” says Doongaji. “Today, I realise that my entire identity is this name.” A J.N...
Tags: London, Washington, France, Life, India, US, Industry, Paris, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus, Lincoln, Mumbai, Boeing, Lancashire, Ratan Tata, Air India

How JRD Tata came up with a marketing strategy that ran through Tata ads for nearly a century

On September 9, 1925, Jehangir Tata wrote a letter to his father Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata from the barracks in the south of France. The 21-year-old had come up with a way to help the family business. He wanted Pathé News, a famous newsreel maker of the time, to produce short films about current events in India to be shown in the country’s cinemas. Article by By Deborah D | The young Tata scion believed that footage of Mohandas Gandhi’s visit to their steel factory in Jamshedpur in 1925 would be “...
Tags: Art, Congress, France, Life, India, World Bank, Delhi, Fernandes, Ahmedabad, New York University, Tata Steel, Tata, Pereira, Assam, Jamshedpur, Gandhi

Shapurji Saklatvala: The British MP who was ‘the most important Indian nationalist’ outside India

The third Indian to be elected to the British Parliament, his support for the independence movement would get him labelled the unofficial ‘Member for India’. Courtesy: National Portrait Gallery In November 1905, a ship docked at London, which was the centre of an Empire that was witnessing a growing independence movement in its most valuable colony – India. On board was S Saklatvala, a member of the influential Tata family, fresh from Bombay and in Blightly ostensibly to run the family’s ve...
Tags: Politics, London, Congress, Life, India, Britain, Labour, House Of Commons, Manchester, South London, Karl Marx, Parliament, Derbyshire, Ratan Tata, Bombay, Ahmedabad

5 Beauty Brands That Make Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Easy

When considering your skin and haircare routines, it may be what's inside a product that counts, but in 2018, the packaging is also worthy of your attention. As consumers and beauty fanatics, it's both impossible and irresponsible to ignore the industry's carbon footprint. While it's fantastic progress that , and that we're buying more natural formulas than ever, it's also important to address the container.Accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage, but with , packaging has a huge i...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Tata, Al Gore, Kevin Murphy, Bleach London, Green Circle Salons, Farmacy, Tata Harper, Green Hub, Alex Brownsell, Sam Campbell, FSC Forest Stewardship Council, LushWhile Lush, Dorset Kevin

Dwindling population in Navsari, Mecca of Parsis

Navsari, once a sleepy town with magnificent buildings, sprawling lawns and wide roads but is fast turning into a ghetto Kersi K Deboo’s eyes light up when he starts talking about the Parsi connection of Navsari, a small city located 37 km south of India’s textile capital, Surat. “Navsari is the Mecca of Parsis. It houses one of the oldest Agiyari, Darb-e-Mehr (Zoroastrian fire temple). Do you know who all belong here?” Asks Deboo, respected by all alike in Navsari for his mild demeanour. Arti...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, Life, India, BJP, Muslim, Ratan Tata, Gujarat, Tata, Deboo, Parsi, Zubin Mehta, Navsari, Surat, Indian National Congress, Atash Behram

A history lesson for the Tatas as they consider buying out Air India

In the early 1970s, the government of Singapore, led by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, had a great idea. In order to attract investment into the little island nation, it thought of starting an international airline that would act as a kind of flying advertisement for Singapore and its world-class capabilities: it would do this by demonstrating to decision-makers around the world a level of excellence that that they had never experienced from the top global airlines of the time. Article by Anvar Al...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, News, France, Life, Singapore, India, US, Atlantic, Royal Air Force, Geneva, Delhi, Lockheed, British Airways, Singapore Airlines

Obituary: Maneck Dalal

Maneck Dalal, the man responsible for expanding Air India into an international operation, began his career with the airline looking after celebrity passengers. In the late 1940s, when the Hollywood star Errol Flynn was thrown off a BOAC plane in London for being drunk, it was Dalal who arranged for him to be transferred to an Air India flight. “By then he had sobered up and was charming,” Dalal recalled. “He said ‘Call me Errol’ and he asked me to make sure that his girlfriend left for Europe i...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Hollywood, London, Life, India, Rome, Pakistan, Heathrow, Cambridge, Fiat, Edinburgh, Errol Flynn, Delhi, Mumbai

Maneck Dalal: Air India’s Legendary London Head Passes Away

Our dear friend Meher Heroyce Moos draws our attention to the passing away of Maneck Dalal, who headed Air-India in London for many years and was a truly amazing person. Maneck Ardheshir Dalal OBE & Regional Director Air India, UK for several years was handpicked by JRD Tata himself. He was known to many as a thorough gentleman with great sense of achievement. During his illustrious career he held numerous directorships in industry and voluntary sector.  May his soul RIP. MANECK DALAL WHO OPENE...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Life, India, Britain, Heathrow, Delhi, Suzy, Lockheed, Air India, Bombay, Air France, Tata, Caroline, Tatas

The mysterious man who owns one solitary share in the unlisted Tata Sons

When the corporate battle at Tata Sons was being fought out a few months ago, a strange mystery came to light. In the list of Tata Sons shareholders made public, the Tata Trusts owned 266,610 shares, the Shapoorji Pallonji family owned 74,352 shares, various Tata companies owned 49,365 shares, and members of the Tata family owned a total of 8,235 shares. But among these large chunks of shareholdings, there was one single, solitary share that was owned by somebody named Virendra Singh Chauhan of...
Tags: London, Life, Berkshire Hathaway, Mumbai, Warren Buffet, Institutions, Bengaluru, Ratan Tata, Lisbon, Gujarat, Tata Steel, Tata, Tata Group, Cyrus Mistry, Central India, Bombay House

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