Sir — Ratan Tata’s retirement after a 21-year-long successful career as chairman of the Tata group marks the end of an era in the business world (“Tata tells it as it is”, Dec 29). The Tata group has become a symbol of India’s developing economy and Ratan Tata’s contributions to this achievement is huge. Tata’s adeptness in maintaining a balance between his employees’ and the customers’ satisfaction as well as his unbeatable business strategies gave the Tata group an edge over its rivals.
All eyes of the corporate world are now on the new chairman of the Tata group, Cyrus Mistry. Mistry needs to take the business to new heights. Ratan Tata has set a high bar for his successor to live up to.
Niharika Sharma, Dhenkanal
Sir — Ratan Tata is not only a businessman but also a representative of the Indian business scene to the rest of the world. The salt-to-industry group has become a part of life for the Indian middle class, and Tata has become a household name.
While the Tata group acquired international brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, it also provided the Indian middle income group with a budget-friendly family car, the Nano. Ratan Tata turned the vehicle into a global-desi brand. The world expects a lot from Tata’s successor, Cyrus Mistry. It will be interesting to see how he carries forward the legacy of Tata.
Somrita Ghosh, Calcutta
Sir — Ratan Tata took over from J.R.D. Tata as the chairman of the Tata group in 1991. He then steered and transformed the group from a corporate house into a $100 billion global conglomerate, thus causing it to grow 13-fold in 21 years. His efforts and expertise have earned him worldwide praise as an able corporate leader with values.
One of his milestone achievements is the Tata Consultancy Services, which is the largest information technology company in India, with a revenue of over $10 billion in the year 2011-12. One hopes that the new team — led by Cyrus Mistry, now at the helm of affairs at the Tata group — will carry forward the legacy of Tata, and that the integrity that one associates with the group is upheld. One also hopes that Ratan Tata will continue to guide the economy of the country with his visionary leadership from behind the scenes.
Ramesh G. Jethwani,
Sir — I am a third-generation employee of Tata Steel Ltd, Jamshedpur. I have mixed feelings on Ratan Tata’s retirement. While I personally feel sad about his retirement, I am also happy that Tata has passed on the baton to a worthy successor. The young and dynamic Cyrus Mistry has been groomed for the assignment for a year by Tata himself.
Tata’s contribution towards the performance of the group has been immense, as is evident from the fact that during his 21-year tenure as chairman, the group’s revenues grew from a turnover of a mere Rs 10,000 crore in 1991 to $100 billion in 2011-12. Ratan Tata was known for his ethics. Just before his voluntary retirement, he addressed a farewell note to the 4.5 lakh employees of the group. One hopes that he guides Mistry and continues to contribute to the growth of the Tata group.
S. Balakrishnan, Jamshedpur
Sir — There are few things from the house of Tata that don’t influence everyday life in India. Ratan Tata has contributed to the building of an inviolable trust in the brand. One wonders if the new chairman would be able to keep that trust intact. Cyrus Mistry is bound to be seen as the new Tata. One must continue to trust the group in the same manner, for, at the end of the day, India cannot afford to bid farewell to Tata.
Sir — It was painful to read about a herd of six elephants getting crushed to death by the speeding Coromandel Express (“Lifeline express crushes 6 elephants”, Dec 31). Evidently, the driver received the warning about the presence of the herd too late. Had the warning been conveyed on time, the tragedy could have been averted. The speed of the moving train was also extremely high. Such damage to wildlife cannot be permitted.
A.S. Mehta, Calcutta