Don't bet against the Tatas

Osamu Suzuki is a wise man for he did not say that he would eat every Tata Nano that would be manufactured. He just said that it was impossible. He probably learned not to take wild bet against Indians from Sir Frederick Upcott who was the Chief Commissioner of Railways in 1907.

When Sir Upcott was informed that Jamsetji Tata was planning to start an iron and steel mill, he said, ‘Do you mean to say that the Tatas propose to make steel rails to British specifications? Why, I will undertake to eat every pound of rail they succeed in making’. Tata Steel was established in 1907 by Dorabji Tata who later commented, ‘Sir Frederick Upcott would have had a slight bout of indigestion’ since Tata Steel shipped about 1500 miles of steel rails to Mesopotamia during Word WarI[1]

[1] Sharada Srinivasan and S. Ranganathan(2004). India’s Legendary Wootz Steel: An Advanced Material of the Ancient World

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