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J.R.D. was only 20. As personalities Nehru   J.R.D. Tata craved for, yet his work in
        and J.R.D. had much in common but their   every field he involved himself was so
        approach to both economic and foreign  exemplary that the honours poured in. He
        affairs differed. In the biography of  has received numerous national and
        J.R.D., “Beyond the Last Blue       international awards.
        Mountain”, there is a chapter on Nehru
                                            The country’s highest civilian honour –
                                            Bharat Ratna – was bestowed on J.R.D.
                                            Tata in 1992 for his contribution in the
                                            building of a modern India.

                                            In October
                                            1993 J.R.D.
                           FROM THE
                                            left Bombay for
                                            Geneva for
                                            what was to be
                                             a brief
                                            vacation. He
        J.R.D. Tata with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,  was admitted
        circa 1956.                         in hospital on
        and J.R.D. There were letters exchanged   November 4.
                                            J.R.D. passed
        between the two but J.R.D. did not share   away on
        his socialistic values. As was the case  November 29,
        with Pandit Nehru, with Mrs. Indira    1993.
        Gandhi the relationship was on a                  Receiving the ‘Bharat
                                                          Ratna’ from the President,
        personal level but what was lacking was   The  funeral R. Venkataraman, 1992.
        confidence and trust.   OF THE
                                            ceremony and
        During the years when the World War II  internment was held two days later in
        was drawing to a close, the thought  Paris at the Père Lachaise cemetery.
        engaging J.R.D. the most was, the
        building up of the country’s industrial  On his death, The Economic Times paid
                                            the following tribute: “With the passing of
        capacity. He called together other
                                            Mr. J.R.D. Tata, the country has lost one of
        industrialists such as G.D. Birla and
                                            its most illustrious citizens. Not only had
        Kasturbhai Lalbhai, and technocrats
        such as Dr. John Matthai, Sir Ardeshir  he become a symbol of maturity and
        Dalal and A.D. Shroff and got such an  wisdom, his was also seen as a steadying
        endeavour off the ground. This resulted  influence, a voice of reason in an
        in January 1944, in a comprehensive  increasingly turbulent domestic polity.
        document entitled “A Plan of Economic  When J.R.D. spoke, everyone listened.
        Development for India”, published part in   More than anything else, it is that
        1943 and part in 1944. This plan came  patriarchal voice which will be missed –
        to be known as the “Bombay Plan”.   not only in Tata Sons but by the country
        Rewards, decorations and recognition in
        other forms were not something
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