‘The Man Of Few Words And Billion Dreams’; Remembering JRD Tata On His Death Anniversary

The TATA’s are undeniably the nation builders for the past 100-150 years and are continuing their legacy by inheriting their knowledge and wealth to the upcoming generations. Today the legacy is carried forward by the great industrialist Ratan Tata. TATA’s are known not only for their success and wealth but also for the work they do for the people. And the one who took the Tata legacy to all new heights is Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, popularly known as JRD Tata.

Early Life

He was born on July 29, 1904, to a French mother and Parsi father, he grew up imbibing two polarised cultures. He completed his education in France, England, and Japan. At the age of 22, he joined the Tata group as an unpaid apprentice.


At the age of 34, he took over the reins from his father and under his leadership he founded several industries under the Tata group, including Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Titan Industries, Tata Salt, Voltas, and Air India. On JRD Tata’s 28th death anniversary, here’s a look at his legacy.


shri Ratan Tata who is carrying the legacy forward

Why We Should Thank Him

JRD Tata was the first to introduce HR Department in his companies. He was also the one who introduced the concept of ‘paid leaves’ and pioneered for the eight-hour working concept.

His Dream To Fly

As a child, JRD was always fascinated by flying. In 1929, he became the first licensed pilot of India. He decided to take his dreams of flying a step ahead by launching India’s first commercial airline in 1932 called the ‘Tata Airlines’ which is now known as ‘Air India’. He is also hailed as the ‘Father of the Aviation Industry’.



JRD Tata with his first flight ‘TATA Airlines’

In 1948, he was conferred with the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force and in 1974 he was promoted to the Air Vice Marshal rank. Tata was always inclined towards sports and games. In 1937, he established the Tata Sports Club and served as the President from 1937 to 1980. The club proved to be a boon to a lot of budding athletes.

Honours And Accolades Enveloped His Journey

JRD Tata has been felicitated with numerous awards. He was bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan (1955), French Legion of Honour (1983), Bharat Ratna (1992) and the United Nations Population Award (1992). For aviation, he was given the Tony Jannus Award (1979), the Gold Air Medal of the Federation Aeronautique International (1985), the Edward Warner Award of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Canada (1986) and the Daniel Guggenheim Medal (1988).

JRD Tata died in Geneva, Switzerland on 29 November 1993 at the age of 89 of a kidney infection. The Indian Parliament was adjourned in his memory. Indeed, he was a legend and inspiration for many. When we say that being a man he must have a mission and vision for life, look! Here’s an example for you all !



Source : The freepress Journal