No one would deny that Ratan Tata is the role model that our society needs.The 83-year-old tycoon has always inspired many that money should not stop one from being a compassionate human being. Here are 10 such heartwarming instances when Ratan Tata’s gestures won us over and proved he’s a beautiful human being.
1. When Ratan Tata took a stand for a woman who called him chottu and saved her from ruthless trolls.
In 2019, Ratan Tata had posted a picture of himself where he was seen sitting on the floor, smiling, it was a post uploaded to mark his 1M milestone. Among many congratulatory comments, one specific comment received a lot of hate from netizens. It was by a woman who congratulated Ratan Tata and called him ‘Chhotu’. Even though the comment was simply a miscommunicated wish, trolls began lashing out at her. When things started getting messy, Ratan Tata stood for this woman, and said, “There is a child in each one of us. Please treat this young lady with respect.”
2. When Ratan Tata provided support to help relieve the impact of COVID-19.
In the fight against COVID-19, Ratan Tata extended a helping hand by donating a large amount of money. This donated amount was used to fund essential items for health care workers who were handling the pandemic directly. Additionally, he kept aside ₹ 500 crores for Personal Protective Equipment, respiratory systems, testing kits, etc.
3. When he appealed to his fans and followers to adopt and lookout for abandoned pets.
From time to time, Ratan Tata has stood up for animals. He has even incorporated a kennel room at Tata Group’s Bombay House to shelter stray dogs. Not only is he vocal about animals who are mistreated or abandoned, but he also supports many NGOs and animal shelters.
On 5th January, 2021, Ratan Tata personally visited a former employee who has been sick for the last 2 years. His gesture of flying from Mumbai to Pune during a pandemic, shows just how good a human being he is.
5. When he decided to fight against enormous issues such as malnutrition among the children of our country.
Back in 2012, Ratan Tata spoke about how child malnutrition plagues our country. In his exact words, he said ‘My most visible goal is to do something in nutrition to children and pregnant mothers in India. Because that would change the mental and physical health of our population in years to come.”
Over the years, Tata Trust has started their plans to solve the problem. The trust has partnered with other stakeholders such as non-profits, philanthropic organisations, and private organisations for the plan. And, 13 states are already being effectively covered.
6. When Ratan Tata decided to help students who needed financial aids for their higher education
From the J.N Tata Endowment, to the Sir Ratan Tata Scholarship and Tata Scholarship for Indian students applying to international universities, there are multiple financial aids and scholarships provided by the trust to help students in achieving their educational goals.
7. When Ratan Tata chose to fly economy class.
In 2016, a man posted a picture with Mr. Ratan Tata flying in an economy class of an airplane. Within no time, the picture showcasing the modesty of Ratan Tata went viral. The picture was taken when Air Asia inaugurated their flight route to Goa in 2014.
8. When Ratan Tata personally visited the families of all the 80 employees who were affected during 26/11 attack.
From visiting their families personally to fully compensating every employee, Ratan Tata made sure his employees and their families receive the best support. He made sure that expenses related to children’s educational to medical facilities for families and dependents are covered too.
9. Ratan Tata always chooses to sit next to his driver.
Being humble and modest being, Ratan Tata always sit next to his driver. He also enjoys driving himself around, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
10. When he worked his way up by first working as a blue-collar employee at his own company.
After rejecting offer from IBM at New York, Ratan Tata started as a blue-collar employee at Tata Steel, Jamshedpur, in 1971. Do you know before moving up in the corporate ladder, he handled blast furnaces and shoveled limestone during his early days.
These wonderful things are just a reminder how humble, gentle and great Ratan Tata is!