The year 2018 is a special one for Tata. It has been 150 years since the seeds of what has evolved to become the Tata group were laid by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. The celebrations to mark the sesquicentennial were kicked off with the Tata Mumbai Marathon, which brought together about 44,000 participants from the city. Some ran for a cause, some to compete, and some to share in the exhilaration of the moment. The underlying sentiment was not just about sports, but also community fitness and well-being.
The Tata backing for the marathon is a continuation of the support that the group and its companies have provided down the years to the field of sports as well as sportspeople who strive to achieve excellence in different games and disciplines. There’s both heart and passion in the Tata commitment to sports and Tata Review has endeavoured to chronicle this exceptional corporate story.
This issue also features interviews with two senior Tata leaders: TV Narendran, Tata Steel’s first global chief executive and managing director, and Puneet Chhatwal, the new managing director and chief executive of Indian Hotels. Our guest interviewee is a person whose job it is to look ahead and get a grip of the seemingly impossible — figuring out how the future could unfold for business. Anton Musgrave, a futurist with his feet planted firmly in the present, gives us a glimpse into the ‘how’ of becoming future-ready.
The business segment has photographic glimpses of Tetley’s 180-year journey from a small tea-selling business to its present status as a global beverage giant. We also feature three distinctly impactful projects: Tata Consultancy Services and Tata ClassEdge teaming up to digitise the Sanskardham educational institutions in Ahmedabad; Tata Trusts taking the milky way forward to transform the lives of dairy farmers; and a study funded by Tata Trusts that reveals the trouble with early-stage literacy interventions in Indian languages.
From sports to sustainability to business, we have it covered. The discovering, dear reader, we leave to you.Warm regards, Christabelle Noronha
A parting note: I have thoroughly enjoyed being the editor of Tata Review over the 16 years and 65 issues. I learned from it, matured with it and, perhaps, emerged wiser from the experience. It’s time to move on. Dear readers, I appreciate all your support and thank you for the encouragement.