I don’t believe in taking right decisions. I take decisions and then make them right. I have always been very confident and very upbeat about the future potential of India. I think it is a great country with great potential. There are many things that, if I have to relive, maybe I will do it another way. But I would not like to look back and think what I have not been able to. I followed someone who had very large shoes. He had very large shoes. Mr. J. R. D. Tata. He was a legend in the Indian business community. He had been at the helm of the Tata organization for 50 years. You were almost starting to think he was going to be there forever. I would say that one of the things I wish I could do differently would be to be more outgoing. None can destroy iron, but its own rust can! Likewise none can destroy a person, but its own mindset can! Business need to go beyond the interest of their companies to the communities they serve. I admire people who are very successful. But if that success has been achieved through too much ruthlessness, then I may admire that person, but I can’t respect him. Take the stones people throw at you, and use them to build a monument I came seriously close to getting married four times, and each time I backed off in fear or for one reason or another. Each occasion was different, but in hindsight when I look at the people involved, it wasn’t a bad thing what I did. I think it may have been more complex had the marriage taken place. I have also made this a point in our company We need to stop taking baby steps and start thinking globally. It really seems to be helping. If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together. One hundred years from now, I expect the Tatas to be much bigger than it is now. More importantly, I hope the Group comes to be regarded as being the best in India.. best in the manner in which we operate, best in the products we deliver, and best in our value systems and ethics. Having said that, I hope that a hundred years from now we will spread our wings far beyond India. The political system of the People’s Republic of China can make things easy. Decisions are made quickly and results come quickly, too. In our democracy [in India], on the other hand, such things are extremely difficult. Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going, because a straight line even in an ECG means we are not alive Power and wealth are not two of my main stakes. I have two or three cars that I like, but today, Ferrari would be the best car I have driven in terms of being an impressive car. I will certainly not join politics. I would like to be remembered as a clean businessman who has not partaken in any twists and turns beneath the surface, and one who has been reasonably successful. If it stands the test of public scrutiny, do it… if it doesn’t stand the test of public scrutiny then don’t do it. The day I am not able to fly will be a sad day for me. I have been constantly telling people to encourage people, to question the unquestioned and not to be ashamed to bring up new ideas, new processes to get things done.
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