Jamsetji Tata 118th Death Anniversary: Jamsetji Tata in full Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, (born March 3, 1839, Navsari, Gujarat, India). Indian philanthropist and entrepreneur who founded the Tata Group. His ambitious endeavours helped catapult India into the league of industrialized countries.
Born into a Parsi family, Jamsetji was the first child and only son of Nusserwanji Tata. In 1868 Jamsetji founded a trading company that later evolved into the Tata Group.
Tata married Hirabai Daboo. Their sons, Dorabji Tata and Ratanji Tata, succeeded Tata as the chairmen of the Tata Group.
While on a business trip to Germany in 1900, Tata became seriously ill. He died in Bad Nauheim  on 19 May 1904, and was buried in the Parsi burial ground in Brookwood Cemetery, Working, England.
Jamsetji Tata 118th Death Anniversary: Some Lesser known Facts about ‘The Father Of Indian Industry’
Jamsetji Tata is regarded as the legendary “Father of Indian Industry”
Tata was so influential in the world of industry that Jawaharlal Nehru referred to him as a One-Man Planning Commission.
Jamsetji Tata and his family were a part of the minority group of Zoroastrians, or Parsees who came to India from fleeing the persecution of Zoroastrians in Iran.
He was born in a respectable but poor family of priests.
Unlike other Zoroastrians, Jamsetji Tata had a formal Western education because his parents saw that he was gifted with special mental arithmetic from a young age. However, in order for him to have a more modern education he was later sent to Bombay.
Jamsetji was married to Hirabai Daboo while he was still a student.
Tata worked in his father’s company until he was 29.
Tata had four goals in life: setting up an iron and steel company, a world-class learning institution a unique hotel and hydro-electric plant. Only the hotel became a reality during his lifetime.
Jamsetji Tata continued to be an important figure in the industrial world even in his later stages of life.
Later in his life Tata became a strong supporter of Swadeshism.
Top Quotes By Jamsetji Tata
“With honest and straightforward business principles, close and careful attention to details and the ability to take advantage of favourable opportunities and circumstances, there is a scope for success.”
“Freedom without the strength to support it and, if need be, defend it, would be a cruel delusion. And the strength to defend freedom can itself only come from widespread industrialization and the infusion of modern science and technology into the country’s economic life.”
“In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business but is in fact the very purpose of its existence.”