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150 years of Tata Group: An imaginary chat between four of its Chairmen

R Gopalakrishnan, a former Director of Tata Sons Ltd, imagines a conversation among Founder Jamsetji, his son, Dorabji, his successor, Nowroji Saklatwala, and his successor, JRD Tata

Caption: From Left: Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata (1887-1904), Dorabji Tata (1904 to 1932), Nowroji Saklatvala (1932 to 1938) and JRD Tata (1938 to 1991): Photos: Tata Central Archives
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Caption: From Left: Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata (1887-1904), Dorabji Tata (1904 to 1932), Nowroji Saklatvala (1932 to 1938) and JRD Tata (1938 to 1991): Photos: Tata Central Archives

R Gopalakrishnan




Jamsetji Tata’s biographer, a historian named Frank Harris, recorded that a partnership firm called Tata & Sons was established in 1868. While the precise date is unclear, a good conjecture is that it was in the July to September period of 1868.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Tata Sons, R Gopalakrishnan, a former director of Tata Sons Limited, pays a tribute to the institution of Tata. Based on historical facts, he imagines a conversation among four former chairmen, who together led Tata from 1868 till 1991 — founder Jamsetji, his son, Dorabji, his

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First Published: Jul 29 2018 | 8:00 AM IST

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