'Had liberalisation not taken place, I may have gone back to the US,' Ratan Tata tells Girish Kuber.
An exclusive excerpt from The Tatas: How A Family Built A Business And A Nation.
IMAGE: J R D Tata, left, with Ratan Tata. Photograph: Kind courtesy Gopal Shetty
IMAGE: From left: S K Patil, then vice-president Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, J R D Tata and then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi, October 28, 1958. Photograph: Kind courtesy Press Information Bureau
IMAGE: Then President Ramaswamy Venkataraman confers the Bharat Ratna on J R D Tata. Photograph: Kind courtesy, Tata Central Archives
IMAGE: Then President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presents the Padma Vibhushan to Ratan Tata at Rashtrapati Bhavan, 2008. Photograph: Kind courtesy Wikimedia Commons
IMAGE: Ratan Tata with Singapore leaders at a Tata showroom in Worli, south central Mumbai. Photograph: Kind courtesy Gopal Shetty
IMAGE: Ratan Tata was the driving force behind the Tatas's bet on airlines. Photograph: Kind courtesy AirAsia
IMAGE: Natarajan Chandrasekaran, current chairman of the Tata group, right, and Ratan Tata, emeritus chairman, at the opening of the newly refurbished Bombay House at Fort, south Mumbai, July 29, 2018. Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com
IMAGE: Ratan Tata with his dream project, the Nano, January 10, 2008. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
IMAGE: Then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, right, and Ratan Tata, then chairman of the Tata group, at the Taj hotel in Mumbai. Photograph: Arko Datta/Reuters
Excerpted from The Tatas: How A Family Built A Business And A Nation by Girish Kuber, with the kind permission of the publishers, HarperCollins India.