With its operations spread across 54 countries in six continents, the TATA Group is one of the world’s largest multinational conglomerate, and is known as the ‘Father of Indian Industry’. Right from giving India its cheapest car at a mere price of one lacs to parenting Jaguar Land Rover Limited- a British multinational automotive company, the TATA Group presently employs 6,60,000 people worldwide and has made its mark in the indigenous as well as the global market.
So, we present to you 5 less known facts about this versatile group.
1) Jamshedji Tata: The Mould-Breaker
Born into a family of Parsee priests, Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata laid the foundation of the TATA group in the year 1868. He was the first member of his family to venture into the path of business and since then, he has used the wealth created by him to enrich India and its people. A visionary and a trailblazer, he was really modern India’s greatest sons.
2) The Taj Mahal Hotel- A Fine Result of the Impertinence
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower is the India’s first luxurious hotel and was the first building in Bombay to be lit by electricity. Built at a cost of more than 4.21 crores in 1903, the Taj is an epitome of luxury and quality. The story behind this aesthetic piece of art, is believed that once Jamsetji Tata was denied entry into one of the fancy hotels for being an Indian, to which he reciprocated with the birth of Taj. Today, the Taj Group of Hotels has 53 hotels in 34 locations across the country and is known for its world class services.
3) TATA Group- The Prime to Provide 8 Hours Working Days
The TATA’s were the first to introduce the concept of eight hours working days in the year 1912 before any other country of the world. Under the eight hour working arrangement, eight hours were the legal limit of the working day which was to be devoted by the employees working in the group.
4) The First Indigenously-Built Car- TATA Indica
The TATA engineering added another feat to its name by launching the first indigenously built car- TATA Indica, which was first manufactured in 1998. The car is still going strong on the Indian roads and was a major boost to the TATA engineering. The TATA motors is the 5th largest motor vehicle manufacturing company of the world.
5) India’s First International Airline- TATA Airlines
With an initial investment of ₹2 lacs by its nurturer TATA Sons, the TATA Airlines began with two second hand de-Havilland Puss Moth planes and is the country’s first international airline. The first ever Indian aviation took off from Karachi (now in Pakistan) to Bombay with 25 kg load of mail. Its first overseas flight was to Colombo, years back in 1938. Post to which, TATA Airlines went public as Air India Ltd. with 49% of its acquisition with the Government of India. In 1953, the Air Corporations Act was passed in which Air India was fully nationalized.
Since the past 148 years, the TATA Group has been evidently contributing towards the advancement of the country and with its adherence to the ethics and commitment towards serving different communities, it seeks to continue its legacy.
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