Ratan Tata launches Lokmat tome on Aurangabad icons

04 Jul,2012

By A Correspondent


It was a proud moment for the business community of Aurangabad when Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, lauded their role in the growth and progress of Aurangabad – captured in the coffee-table book Business Icons of Aurangabad, which he unveiled.


Congratulating the business icons of Aurangabad for their proud achievements and prosperity, Mr Tata urged them to “spread this prosperity to the whole country”.


“There are many many people in Aurangabad and in the country who are not as fortunate or lucky as we are. It will thus be a mandate for all us to play a role in spreading the prosperity we enjoy, to others, because a prosperous India will be one whose future will be assured,” Mr Tata said.


Happy with the progress that Aurangabad has made over the years, Mr Tata said: “I remember, as a school student, I used to come to Aurangabad to visit the Ajanta-Ellora caves. There was nothing other than Ajanta-Ellora then in Aurangabad, but today, it is a bustling industrial and tourism city!”


“I wish that in the years to come, Aurangabad would see even better growth, and when Lokmat publishes a new book, it would take many volumes to include the personalities,” Mr Tata added.


Videocon Chairman Venugopal N Dhoot too congratulated the business icons of Aurangabad, saying that it is because of them that Aurangabad has become so prosperous.


Mr Tata unveiled the book – compiled and published by Lokmat Media – in the presence of Guest of Honour Venugopal N Dhoot, Chairman, Videocon, Mr Vijay Darda, MP Rajya Sabha and Chairman Lokmat Media, Mr Rajendra Darda, State Minister for Education, Mr Deven Darda, Director Lokmat Media, and Mr Rishi Darda, Joint MD Lokmat Media.


Also present on the occasion were the business icons honoured in the book, along with several eminent public figures of Aurangabad and Marathwada region.


Mr. Vijay Darda, Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman – Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd, said: “Business Icons of Aurangabad is our salute to the business leaders who have built modern Aurangabad brick by brick. I am grateful to Shri Ratan Tata and Shri Venugopal Dhoot for inspiring these business leaders with their presence here today. It is because of icons like these that this historic city has experienced such phenomenal growth.”


The Business Icons series, introduced by Lokmat to serve as a guide for the future generations of the country, started with the release of Business Icons of Pune, at the hands of Pranab Mukherjee, on November 7, 2011 in Pune.


Rishi Darda, Joint Managing Director – Lokmat Media, revealed that the selection of the business leaders profiled in Business Icons of Aurangabad was made by a distinguished panel of that included social entrepreneurs, presidents of industrial associations, and the senior editorial board of Lokmat.


“Lokmat Media will continue the process of chronicling outstanding economic growth. Nagpur is next on the agenda,” Mr. Darda said


Recognized over the last five decades as a major industrial destination, Aurangabad has been included in the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor which is expected to attract major investments. Industrial houses that have created wealth in Aurangabad represent a wide gamut of industry and trade segments such as automobile, education, real estate, white goods, pharma, steel, textiles and agro-products and include such eminent names as Bajaj Auto, Wockhardt, Videocon, Garware, Siemens, Nirlep, SkodaAuto India, RL Steels and many others.


The book, which profiles 64 industrialists who have made major contributions to the spectacular growth story of Aurangabad, is priced at Rs3,000 and will be an immense value-add to any student, researcher or institution of industrial growth in India.


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