By using our website you agree to our policies. We know him as the Father of Indian Aviation, and the man who established philanthropic and educational institutes of national importance during his tenure as Chairman of the Tata group. But few know that JRD led a rich life outside of his professional and philanthropic endeavours as well. A passionate and prolific letter writer since he was a young man, a tinkerer who loved building things with his hands, a fitness and sports enthusiast who pushed his limits—JRD was all this and more.
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By using our website you agree to our policies. He spoke French better than English, though he was educated in France, Japan and England, before being drafted into the French army for a mandatory one-year service period. He would have loved to extend his time with the armed forces, but was summoned back to India by RD Tata, a fact that caused him pain at the time. Things changed soon after. In those days you were allowed dual nationality and his father had enjoyed both British-Indian and French nationalities.
JRD, however, renounced his French citizenship in and decided to become an Indian citizen. For 40 years, he pursued a campaign to promote family planning. He did this through the agency he founded, the Family Planning Association of India.
For all his efforts, he received the UN Population Award in The note resulted in the founding of a personnel department; it was the first corporate HR department in India. He said that the Tatas would be glad to make a substantial grant to it. The PM National Relief Fund still exists and is utilised primarily to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities and to the victims of major accidents and riots.
The Bombay Plan, which envisaged the doubling of per capita income over 15 years, was initially released for private circulation, but it generated enough interest to be published as a pamphlet.
Demand led to a number of reprints; the document was also translated into several languages. However, once India gained independence and became a democracy, JRD Tata recognised the need for not just a strong government, but also a strong opposition. In a letter dated August 16, , he wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that in addition to the continued support to the Congress, he would also support the Swatantra Party.
Nehru responded to JRD within a couple of days, on August 18,
A Letter From A Girl To JRD Tata In 1974.....must Read
She was just a postgraduate student studying in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore when she wrote this letter. Here is why she and what she wrote and the outcome it had. Bangalore was getting warm and gulmohars were blooming at the IISc campus. Other girls were pursuing research in different departments of Science. I was looking forward to going abroad to complete a doctorate in computer science. I had been offered scholarships from Universities in the US… I had not thought of taking up a job in India.
Letter to JRD Tata from Sudha Murthy of Infosys
It was probably the April of Bangalore was getting warm and gulmohars were blooming at the IISc campus. Other girls were pursuing research in different departments of Science. I was looking forward to going abroad to complete a doctorate in computer science.
How Sudha Murthy Challenged JRD Tata To Become Tata’s First Female Engineer
By using our website you agree to our policies. It did not really matter that the country itself failed this utopian test. JRD, as he was known to commoner and king, had by then transcended the frailties of his milieu. As an adolescent, JRD loved France and flying more than anything else.