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When was JRD awarded Bharat Ratna?

Last updated on: July 29, 2004 07:49 IST
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When was JRD awarded Bharat Ratna?
July 29, 2004 is the birth centenary of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, a pioneer aviator and one of the most famous businessmen in India. Take the Rediff Business Quiz and find out how much you know about JRD Tata.

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1. What was JRD's age when he became Tata Son's chairman?
a) 29 years
b) 34 years
c) 41 years

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Wrong! The correct answer is 34 years.
In 1938, on the death of Sir Nowroji Saklatvala, the then chairman of Tata Sons, JRD Tata was catapulted to head one of India's largest industrial empire.
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In 1938, on the death of Sir Nowroji Saklatvala, the then chairman of Tata Sons, JRD Tata was catapulted to head one of India's largest industrial empire.

2. When was JRD awarded the Bharat Ratna?
a) 1992
b) 1987
c) 1990

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Wrong! The correct answer is 1992.
JRD pioneered civil aviation on the subcontinent, funded Homi Bhabha's ambition to catapult India into the nuclear age (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) and initiated the family planning movement much before it became the official government policy. For these endeavours, JRD was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1992 -- one of the rare instances when the award was granted during a person's lifetime.
Correct!
JRD pioneered civil aviation on the subcontinent, funded Homi Bhabha's ambition to catapult India into the nuclear age (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) and initiated the family planning movement much before it became the official government policy. For these endeavours, JRD was awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1992 -- one of the rare instances when the award was granted during a person's lifetime.

3. JRD started the Family Planning Foundation in collaboration with which body?
a) Ford Foundation
b) Carnegie Endowment
c) Rockefeller Foundation

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Wrong! The correct answer is Ford Foundation.
In 1970, he started the Family Planning Foundation jointly with the Ford Foundation, and was instrumental in conditioning the thinking of an entire generation, treating the issue as one of essential transformation of society. For his crusading endeavours in the field, JRD Tata was bestowed with the United Nations Population Award in 1992.
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In 1970, he started the Family Planning Foundation jointly with the Ford Foundation, and was instrumental in conditioning the thinking of an entire generation, treating the issue as one of essential transformation of society. For his crusading endeavours in the field, JRD Tata was bestowed with the United Nations Population Award in 1992.

4. Which aircraft did JRD use for his inaugural flight?
a) Viking
b) Dakota
c) Puss Moth

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Wrong! The correct answer is Puss Moth.
JRD's passion for flying was fulfilled with the formation of the Tata Aviation Service in 1932. The first flight of Indian civil aviation took off at Drigh Road airfield in Karachi on October 15, 1932, with JRD Tata at the controls of the Puss Moth that he flew solo to Ahmedabad and onwards to Bombay.
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JRD's passion for flying was fulfilled with the formation of the Tata Aviation Service in 1932. The first flight of Indian civil aviation took off at Drigh Road airfield in Karachi on October 15, 1932, with JRD Tata at the controls of the Puss Moth that he flew solo to Ahmedabad and onwards to Bombay.

5. JRD served in the army of which country?
a) India
b) Britain
c) France

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Wrong! The correct answer is France.
JRD served in a regiment called Les Saphis (The Sepoys) with the French army in 1924.
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JRD served in a regiment called Les Saphis (The Sepoys) with the French army in 1924.

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Also see:
JRD: The legend lives on
The Tata legacy: A slide show

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Compiled by: Rediff Business Desk