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The Shah Of Political Chess

The Shah Of Political Chess

17 April, 2017 Bhavna Vij-Aurora

The political constellation on the ground and the signs in the sky are all working out for Modi’s general as he strives to close the gaps in India’s saffron map

Dhirubhai Ambani (1932-2002) Reliance

Dhirubhai Ambani (1932-2002) Reliance

03 April, 2017 Arindam Mukherjee

“The whole DNA of his business was not only to ­innovate for survival but also to innovate to change the rules of the business game­,” says Pritam Singh, former director, IIM Lucknow.


J.R.D. Tata (1904-1993) Tata Group

JRD started with 14 firms in the Tata Group. When he left in 1988, it had 95, many of which he founded. He was also the progenitor of commercial flights in India.

Ela Bhatt, SEWA

Ela Bhatt, SEWA

03 April, 2017 Ela Bhatt

SEWA, which was initially registered as a trade union in 1972, became a confluence of three movements: labour, cooperative and women’s.


Onkar Singh Kanwar, Apollo Tyres

Onkar built on his father’s ­beginnings and established himself as a global tyre tycoon.

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03 April, 2017

Prathap Reddy, Apollo Hospitals

Arushi Bedi

The idea to set up a hospital chain simmered within Dr Reddy on returning to India after a successful career in the US. He sensed the potential of good private healthcare.


03 April, 2017

B.N. Kalyani, Bharat Forge

Zia Haq

Kalyani’s stamp is on every second truck in N. America and virtually every car in Europe—BMW, Toyota, Audi, Mercedes...all rely on his components.


03 April, 2017

Dr Verghese Kurien (1921-2012) Amul

Arindam Mukherjee

The astonishingly ­effective movement Kurien led changed the lives of millions of dairy farmers and took India from a milk-deficient nation to one of the world’s largest ­producers of milk.


03 April, 2017

Y.K. Hamied, Cipla

Ajay Sukumaran

Hamied played a key role in forming the Indian Drug Manufacturers Association and successfully lobbied for patent law changes in the country.


03 April, 2017

E. Sreedharan, Delhi Metro

Stuti Agarwal

“Whenever there’s a problem, he focuses on the target—‘like Arjuna’. It doesn’t ­matter who he has to crush on the way, even politicians,” says his biographer Rajendra B. Aklekar.


03 April, 2017

Deepak Parekh, HDFC

Arushi Bedi

“Parekh made us believe that even a single product ­company can be phenomenally ­successful,” says ­biz-analyst Tamal Bandyopadhyay.


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03 April, 2017

Subramaniam Ramadorai, TCS

Stuti Agarwal

The scale at which Tata Consultancy Service’s strategy and business model grew under Ramadorai as the CEO since 1996 was unimaginable.


03 April, 2017

Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Tata Consultancy Services

Ajay Sukumaran

TCS’s growth points to Chandra’s pace and focus on agility. His management style, he said once, is a fusion of a ‘high and soft’ touches.


03 April, 2017

Xerxes Desai (1937-2016) Titan

Zia Haq

Desai gave India its first quartz watches, a respite from watches that had to be set up and wound every day. J.R.D. Tata instantly liked the idea of launching a watch brand.


03 April, 2017

Shiv Nadar, HCL

Arindam Mukherjee

Eight young men quit DCM in 1976 to create HCL in a Delhi barsati, “akin to a garage startup”.... It went on to revolutionise Indian technology.


03 April, 2017

Kishore Biyani, Future Group

Pragya Singh

It was the booming middle class that helped Biyani’s growth from Pantaloon


03 April, 2017

Uday Kotak, Kotak Group

Zia Haq

Executives raise a toast to technologies that trim the wage bill, such as robots. Kotak clearly doesn’t believe in ruthless automation.


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03 April, 2017

Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Naukri.com

Stuti Agarwal

Quitting a corporate job, Bikhchandani started Info Edge and Indmark, ­working out of a servant’s ­quarter for which he paid his dad Rs 800.


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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