This is what Lakshmi Mittal has to say about his competitor !


Update: One of the commentators pointed out that this is not one of the notes by Lakhmi Mittal. Infact it is quite old note circulated widely via email to people.
I have posted this on my blog based on an email forward from known person.  I will not delete this post, however, please bear in mind that I am unaware of the origin of this mail.
Thank you Santosh for pointing it out to me…

Most of us know Lakshmi Mittal to be the richest person in United Kingdom. We also know him as a Steel Industry baron who took over Arcelor against all odds. However, more than money and business, he is a great human being and never fails to give credit where it is due, even if it means his own biggest rival.

Here is a note written by Lakshmi Mittal after his recent visit to TISCO: (It is long, but well worth the read)

I visited Jamshedpur over the weekend to see for myself an India that is fast disappearing despite all the wolf-cries of people like Narayanamurthy (mentor of Infosys) and his ilk. It is one thing to talk and quite another to do and I am delighted to tell you that Ratan Tata has kept alive the legacy of perhaps India’s finest industrialist J.N. Tata. Something that some people doubted when Ratan took over the House of the Tata’s but in hindsight, the best thing to have happened to the Tata’s is unquestionably Ratan.
I was amazed to see the extent of corporate philanthropy and this is no exaggeration.
For the breed that talks about corporate social responsibility and talks about the role of corporate India, a visit to Jamshedpur is a must. Go there and see the amount of money they pump into keeping the town going; see the smiling faces of workers in a region known for industrial unrest; see the standard of living in a city that is almost isolated from the mess in the rest of the country.

This is not meant to be a puff piece. I have nothing to do with Tata Steel, but I strongly believe the message of hope and the message of goodness that they are spreading is worth sharing. The fact that you do have companies in India which look at workers as human beings and who do not blow their software trumpet of having changed lives. In fact, I asked Mr. Muthurman, the managing director, as to why he was so quiet about all they had done and all he could offer in return was a smile wrapped in humility, which said it all. They have done so much more since I last visited Jamshedpur, which was in 1992. The town has obviously got busier but the values thankfully haven’t changed.
The food is still as amazing as it always was and I gorged, as I would normally do. I visited the plant and the last time I did that was with Russi Mody. But the plant this time was gleaming and far from what it used to be.
Greener and cleaner and a tribute to environment management. You could have been in the mountains. Such was the quality of air I inhaled! There was no belching smoke; no tired faces and so many more women workers, even on the shop floor. This is true gender equality and not the kind that is often espoused at seminars organised by angry activists. I met so many old friends. Most of them have aged but not grown old. There was a spring in the air which came from a certain calmness which has always been the hallmark of Jamshedpur and something I savoured for a full two days in between receiving messages of how boring and decrepit the lack lustre Fashion Week was.
Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata had created an edifice that is today a robust company and it is not about profits and about valuation. It is not about who becomes a millionaire and who doesn’t. It is about getting the job done with dignity and respect keeping the age-old values intact and this is what I learnt.
I jokingly asked someone as to whether they ever thought of joining an Infosys or a Wipro and pat came the reply: “We are not interested in becoming crorepatis but in making others crorepatis.” Which is exactly what the Tata’s have done for years in and around Jamshedpur.
Very few people know that Jamshedpur has been selected as a UN Global Compact City, edging out the other nominee from India, Bangalore. Selected because of the quality of life, because of the conditions of sanitation and roads and welfare. If this is not a tribute to industrial India, then what is? Today,India needs several Jamshedpurs but it also needs this Jamshedpur to be given its fair due, its recognition. I am tired of campus visits being publicised to the Infosys and the Wipro’s of the world.
Modern India is being built in Jamshedpur as we speak. An India built on the strength of core convictions and nothing was more apparent about that than the experiment with truth and reality that Tata Steel is conducting at Pipla.
Forty-eight tribal girls (yes, tribal girls who these corrupt and evil politicians only talk about but do nothing for) are being educated through a residential program over nine months. I went to visit them and I spoke to them in a language that they have just learnt: Bengali. Eight weeks ago,
they could only speak in Sainthali, their local dialect. But today, they are brimming with a confidence that will bring tears to your eyes. It did to mine.
One of them has just been selected to represent Jharkand in the state archery competition. They have their own women’s football team and what’s more they are now fond of education. It is a passion and not a burden.
This was possible because I guess people like Ratan Tata and Muthurman haven’t sold their souls to some business management drivel, which tells us that we must only do business and nothing else. The fact that not one Tata executive has been touched by the Naxalites in that area talks about the social respect that the Tata’s have earned.
The Tata’s do not need this piece to be praised and lauded. My intent is to share the larger picture that we so often miss in the haze of the slime and sleaze that politics imparts. My submissions to those who use phrases such as “feel-good” and ” India Shining” is first visit Jamshedpur to understand what it all means. See Tata Steel in action to know what companies can do if they wish to. And what corporate India needs to do.
Murli Manohar Joshi would be better off seeing what Tata Steel has done by creating the Xavier Institute of Tribal Education rather than by proffering excuses for the imbroglio in the IIMs. This is where the Advanis and Vajpayees need to pay homage. Not to all the Sai Babas and the Hugging saints that they are so busy with. India is changing inspite of them and they need to realise that.
I couldn’t have spent a more humane and wonderful weekend. Jamshedpur is an eye-opener and a role model, which should be made mandatory for replication. I saw corporate India actually participate in basic nation-building, for when these tribal girls go back to their villages, they will return with knowledge that will truly be life-altering. Corporate India can do it but most of the time is willing to shy away.
For those corporate leaders who are happier winning awards and being interviewed on their choice of clothes, my advise is visit Tata Steel, spend some days at Jamshedpur and see a nation’s transformation. That is true service and true nationalism.
Tata Steel will celebrate 100 years of existence in 2007. It won’t be just a milestone in this company’s history. It will be a milestone, to my mind of corporate transparency and generosity in this country. It is indeed fitting that Ratan Tata today heads a group which has people who are
committed to nation-building than just building influence and power.
JRD must be smiling wherever he is. And so must Jamshedji Nusserwanji!

  1. Nishant says

    Apparently, this is email hoax. Do check this source page for claims of ti beign a hoax.

    Arun, I have been following for a while for informative article. But, little disappointed today that urban rumours and email hoaxes could make it as article on your website. I think you should restrain from publishing unverified content in future to keep the trust levels of your website intact.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Dear Nishant – This article was written 5 year back (June 20007). At that time we were not aware it was a hoax.
      We verify each and article we put on… and if it is a hoax, we remove it. We left this one for posterity. We do not touch any articles which are more than 2 years old..

      But agreed…it is a hoax!

  2. AJ says

    Great article… though was a little confused as to L.M Mittal taking potshots at the likes of Infosys & Wipro, when the one big grand deed he himself has done that the world remember’s is his daughters wedding…….. was it $ 60 mn ( 3.32 BILLION INR…….. Phew ) he spent on that wedding

  3. Subhadeep Roy Choudhury says

    I am proud to be associated with the city named – Steel city.

  4. Subhadeep Roy Choudhury says

    I am proud to be associated with the city named – Steel city.

  5. Mrinal says

    I am fortunate to live in Jamshedpur and although not an employee, but my livelihood comes through Tata Steel, whom I serve with my full dedication as if I am their employee. This is ‘Tata Steel’s power of controlling one’s innerself by itself being a role model’.

    Mr LN Mittal also bows before such a giant…itself speaks the meaning of “Tata Steel” …. unless seen & realsied with own eyes cannot judge the GREATNESS.

  6. sathish says

    i dont giva shit to Mittal. He is full crap and he knowz tat. gud fa him.

  7. sridhar says

    Dear friends,
    If at all we Indians have to thank any body for what ever that is happening on the industrial front it is un doubtedly the TATA’s.
    If that great visionery Mr J N had not started the industries at that time may it was quite possible we would have continued to be an an agriculture based country even today.
    Any body who knows a little bit about indian aviation history will vouche for the part played by Mr J R D .
    Todays automobile industry remains indebted to TATA’s for whatever the position it is in globally.
    I feel that I am very lucky to have not only visited but worked in both Jamshedpur as well as Pune plants of TELCO .
    I just stumbled upon this site accidentaly and I could not resist the temptaion of writing a few words about association and experience with TATA’s

  8. remo says

    Jamshedpur, also known as Tatanagar, is well known as the steel city of India. It

    is a major industrial center of India with picturesque surroundings. The steel

    plant TISCO (Tata Iron and Steel Company), the automobile plant TELCO (Tata

    Engineering and Locomotive Company), Rivers Meet and Jubilee Park in the

    heart of the city which is a well planned garden like Vrindavan in Mysore, are the

    major attractions here.
    Please Visit For More Deatail

  9. sbharti says
  10. S.Mangaiyarkarasi says

    hello sir
    i m admire of u
    myself so interested in ur steel business
    i m a poor girl who cant invest money for manufarcture unit
    no family back ground also.
    plz kindly help me 2 keep a unit sir
    i shall remain grateful for this act of kindness.
    thanking u sir

  11. Krishna akkulu says

    It is very nice article. Mittal explained very nicely about TISCO and how Tata guys are taken care of the Jamshedpur. It is important to note that naxalite never bothered TISCO guys. That is good point to note.

    Thats OK, but I am wondering what qualifications Mittal has to criticize about Wipro and Infosys. In.1990s when B.Techs, Ph.Ds were on road they are the one gave jobs or created job trend in India.
    Infosys made so many poor guys rich. They shared their wealth.
    Because of their initiation today even BA guys are able to get jobs or world came to know india’s potential.

    I never heard Mittal did abything like that for India.

    He also critcised Babas and hugging mothers. These holy people are spedning every penny they are getting for humanity.
    There will not be any publicity when these people does the service. Example during bombay floods or in sunami hit areas
    the first people reached are these voluenteers. Some times soliders also not reached. They are just service oriented.
    So their work does not come in papers.

    Mittel kind of guys sit in AC rooms or bar rooms and make the statements. That really sucks.
    This guy need publicity for everything he does. He burnt lot of money for his daughter’s marriage.
    These kind of guys worse than ISI guys.

  12. Kalpesh Modi says

    Well said Mr. Mittal. TATAs are really doing a great job. The article is thought provoking and intriguing. We really need more businesses in India and world.

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