David Kiley asks in Der Spiegel:
“Could Winston Churchill, or even the current Queen of England, have imagined a half-century ago that a pair of Britain’s proudest industrial icons would one day be owned by an Indian company?”
Also read: Is ‘Made in India’ a problem in the West?
Probably the queen would also have not imagined that an Indian citizen currently residing in UK (Mittal) would be the richest person in her country.
I guess Winston Churchill’s spinning in his grave in apoplexy. Bad enough Jaguar was taken over by Americans, but to have the Americans sell it to the Indians like a… er.. used car that the owner couldn’t afford to repair anymore, must be sending the old imperialists, dead and alive into fits…
Vengeance of the ex-colonies!
Unlike Corus and Tetly, this Jag/LR group is not making money. It was sold to Ford in this shape and even after pumping a lot of money into it, it has not improved. So it remains to be seen what Tata do with it. I guess Churchill will spin in his grave only if the Tatas turn it into gold. I can only wish Tata well. Wonder how their Korean acquisition of Daewoo is doing.
did anyone notice, in most of the unfashionable and unmentionable endeavors, despite all the lag, we are catching up and even ‘taking over’. at the very least doing something by selling a positive story. insha-allah, god willing we’ll be right there we left off. 20-30% of the world market. a respectful proportion.
how ’bout the highly in fashion and mentionable-only-in-reverence endeavors? forget 36%, we dont even account for 3% or 6%. and even in those, 99% account are cow, curry and caste salesmen. and not for the lack of trying mind, self important, cute sounding organizations and they have formed. aadru phuss.
you couldn’t catch one mosquito from these swamps(as opposed to angadis) who will ever publish forget an account of the progress, even a critical view of the state of being, in social equity – it was their self appropriated baby, for 50 years it was their mode and method even. aadaru, without selling the exotic, the wierd, they have no market.
maoist naxals have have control over more area in india and killed more people in india than the hindutva brigade. guess what is peddled around?
am i ever going to have the fortune of reading an editorial in the hindu. new delhi has for given too much latitude to naxals … any self respecting nation … etc etc… ?
am i ever going to read anything on churumuri and ram factory like murthy angadi?
Alok, Churchill loved the US – his mother was an American. So Ford buying Jag would have been OK. But Tata? Boy I’d love to see him frothing!
But then he liked Indian cheroots.
Goodness gracious me!! At the least the workers in England will get excellent tea breaks. Samosas any one?
Churchill was an out and out racist and would have made South Africa proud with his Herren Volk policy! As a fitting tribute Tata’s should pour Tetley Tea on his grave while driving a Indica in the cemetry.
For some reason, I have been jumping with joy over hearing this news. Go Tata.
Do you guys think buying a sick company with no profit watsoever a smart move??
Mitral used to buy sick companies and turn them to gems. He made a fortune that way.
I would be jumping with joy if Tatas see to it that Mumbai has no shanty towns and you re not pestered with a beggar woman holding a pathetic looking child with a big tummy and thin limbs all behind their glitzy buildings.
About racism. in late 1960s much later than Churchill’s time, I went to see a Afro-American ( then called n….) class buddy of mine in a suburb in Atlanta but had to run for my life when four white men came in my way near a corner. In my recent visit that town again at that friend’s invitation (he retired and lives in his community) near a deli a couple of hundred yards from friend’s home two tall overweight white roughnecks swore at me with a f word. This was not Natal in 1950s , this is Atlanta in the fall 2007. My friend says he has several experiences like this per month and ignores them.
Talking about racism, with a wrong caste stamped on your for life, try applying for a Mysore government jobs which have caste quotas filled to the brim, and wait for the postman to delver the interview letter which would never arrive. This is not Colonial India of 1930s abut independent
India of 2008.
Those who think that racism is associated with South Africa or the British should read the story of a professor of Indian extraction to whose petition me and most of the Indian academics I know signed in 2000.
Read the story of professor Dhiraj Pradhan who occupied a prestigious chair in Computer Science in Texas A and M university and his trials and tribulations. One of my students after his PhD worked with Dhiraj and fortunately that was well before Dhiraj got into difficulties in that cow boy county.
Happily Prof Pradhan is now a distinguished professor at the University of Bristol in England.
Very interesting comments for this posting.
Interesting information about Indian cherrot. Wonder whether Clinton used Indian cheroot on Monika Lewinsky’s anatomy!!
You might find an ideal place where all things are fair and equal… in heaven.
It is not in dark continents racism exists, but right in the midst of so called civilised countries in various forms This point you missed.
@ AG ….errr, on this forum Heaven means Mysore
Ok. In this forum’s Heaven casteism reigns supreme. For many who are wronged it is no different from racism.