January 2018

Quotable quotes

Thoughts and views of Tata chairmen down the years

Jamsetji Tata
Freedom without the strength to support it and, if need be, defend it, would be a cruel delusion. And the strength to defend freedom can itself only come from widespread industrialisation and the infusion of modern science and technology into the country's economic life.

We do not claim to be more unselfish, more generous or more philanthropic than other people. But we think we started on sound and straightforward business principles, considering the interests of the shareholders our own, and the health and welfare of the employees the sure foundation of our

Sir Dorab Tata

The welfare of the labouring classes must be one of the first cares of every employer. Any betterment of their conditions must proceed more from the employers downward rather than be forced up by demands from below, since labour, contented, well-housed, well-fed, well-brought up, generally well-looked after, is not only an asset and advantage to the employer, but it also serves to raise the standard of industry and labour in the country. In looking after the labour of today, we are also securing a supply of healthy and intelligent labour for the future.

The man who sows never gathers the fruit. It is left to somebody else at some remote date to make the tree bear fruit. All that the man who sows ought to be content with is that the tree should remain alive so that at some future date another might give it the right treatment and make it bear fruit.
JRD Tata
Growing organisations in any field must constantly evolve, accept or even seek new ideas, new visions, and new enthusiasms.

No success in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs and interests of the country and its people, and is achieved by fair and honest

Ratan Tata

I believe the Tata model of business is a more sustainable one — simply because we really do care. If industry is numb to the concerns of civil society, if it considers itself beyond the pale of public good, or even if it needs government diktat and monitoring to do the right thing, then I don't see how such an industry can survive for long. Tata companies are different in this respect because they have always done what is required by the letter and spirit of the laws of the land, and oftentimes much more.

The Tata group must lead India in terms of what it does, not only in business but also as a corporate citizen and as a participant in the country's growth. This is a holistic view. We want our managers and companies to drive their businesses using every means they can to achieve their ends, but they must do it in a way which stands out and continues the traditions that the group has established over the years.