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By PARVINDER BHATIA in Jamshedpur
  • Published 3.12.04
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Jamshedpur, Dec. 2: Did you know that Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the father of industrial revolution in India, was ordained as a priest when he was in his youth. That it was actually the words of Thomas Carlyle: ?The nation that gains control of iron soon gains control of gold? inspired Jamsetji to set up an iron and steel plant in India.

More over, did you know that the famous Howrah Bridge of Calcutta was build with 80,000 tonnes of iron provided by the Tata Steel.

For some, these facts may seem taken from ?Ripley?s Believe or Not?. But actually these are some of the many interesting facts that have been brought to light in the ongoing ?The Century of Trust? exhibition organised at Jubilee Park. The celebration is to mark the death centenary of founder JN Tata and birth centenaries of JRD and Naval Tata. The exhibition also focuses on the enormous contribution of the Tatas during their 120-year journey.

Snapshots of evolution of Tatas, notable events of the country, quotations of great personalities, models of industrial equipment have been placed at vantage points inside the exhibition venue, which is spread over an area of 5,000 square feet.

The interesting chapters of the Tatas have become centre of attraction for visitors. Moreover, there were several lesser-known facts on Tata Steel that bowled the residents of Jamshedpur.

Very few people may know that Jamshedpur is the first planned city in India. Jamsetji came to the city in search of iron ore after failing to find in places like Durg, Dhalli and Rajhara. The city was originally a village called Sakchi but Lord Chelmsford gave the name Jamshedpur in 1919 in honour of Jamsetji.

The House of Tatas have set up the exhibition to showcase the industrial development, the entrepreneur spirit and the role towards nation building in the last century,? said Anurag Beri, one of the organisers.