Appreciating sentiments expressed by many for conferring India's highest civilian award - 'Bharat Ratna' to Tata Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata, the 83-year old entrepreneur on Saturday, requested social media users to 'discontinue such campaigns'. Stating that he considered it to be fortunate to be an Indian, he said he would try to contribute to India’s growth and prosperity. The Twitter campaign #BharatRatnaForRatanTata was started by 'Bada Business' CEO Dr Vivek Bhindra on Twitter highlighting Tata's belief in 'today`s generation of entrepreneurs'.
While I appreciate the sentiments expressed by a section of the social media in terms of an award, I would humbly like to request that such campaigns be discontinued.— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) February 6, 2021
Instead, I consider myself fortunate to be an Indian and to try and contribute to India’s growth and prosperity pic.twitter.com/CzEimjJPp5
Previously, on Friday, Dr Bindra tweeted, "Ratan Tata believes today`s generation of entrepreneurs can take India to next level. We confer the country`s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna for @RNTata2000". Tagging PMO, President Kovind and PM Modi's Twitter handle, Dr. Bindra asked people to 'Join us in our campaign #BharatRatnaForRatanTata '. His campaign was met by several enthusiastic users who tweeted in support, praising Tata's philanthropy.
Ratan Tata believes today`s generation of entrepreneurs can take India to next level. We confer the country`s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna for @RNTata2000— Dr. Vivek Bindra (@DrVivekBindra) February 5, 2021
Join us in our campaign #BharatRatnaForRatanTata #RequestByDrVivekBindra@PMOIndia @rashtrapatibhvn @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/U3Wr3aMxJh
I am really glad and looking forward to see he must be awarded. He is really a inspiration and example for young mass to get awarded if your attitude is like him.— gyanaranjan nayak (@gyanaranjannyk) February 5, 2021
Sir Ratan Tata truly deserves this award!! If we can confer the award to Sachin Tendulkar, it's a pity that a persona like Sir Ratan Tata has still not be considered.— Nidhy Pandey (@NidhyPandey) February 6, 2021
Recently, reports of Ratan Tata's personal interest in acquiring the national air carrier - Air India has raised markets' interest. With the Centre stating that it will complete strategic disinvestment of Air India in 2021-22, reports stated that the Tata Group has reportedly submitted its bid to acquire Air India, along with Air India's over 200 employees and Interups Inc. If Tata acquires Air India along with subsidiary Air India Express and 50 percent shares in ground handling unit AISATS (Air India SATS Airport Services), it will emerge as India's second-largest airline group after IndiGo, overtaking SpiceJet. Tata group already owns Vistara and AirAsia India.
Acquiring Air India has been a sentimental issue for the Tatas. Air India was founded by the then-Tata chairman J.R.D. Tata - the first Indian to pilot a plane from India to England in 1930 - in 1948. However, Tata lost control of the airline when it was nationalised in June 1953 and JRD was dropped from the re-constituted board of both Air India and Indian Airlines in 1978, which allegedly caused JRD lot of sorrow. While the bid for Air India has been doing rounds since Cyrus Mistry's tenure as Chairman, recently, amid COVID-19 lockdown, the interest was renewed inspite of Tata's own aviation losses in Vistara and Air Asia.