Subrato Bagchi, Arindam Chaudhary, Narayan Murthy
*Courtesy BCCL, Permission not taken, will be revoked if questioned.
*Though I did not mentioned women entrepreneurship but I value it.
... Azim Premji, Subrato Rai Sahara, Sunil Mittal are few heroes of Indian Corporate. I call them living legends of India Inc.
Well you must be wandering why not other names? In a country where Ambanis and Tatas are the gods of business, I am not even mentioning them in my list of legends. Well, I accept your complain for the Tatas but with a few corrections explained in this article. While reading further, you will get to know why not Ambanis, Ruias, Goenka, Birla, Mahindra, Mittals, Munjals, Biyani or Bajaj are listed in my bucket.
I should mention here that I accept the stand points of Premiji, Arindam or Narayn towards the political polygamy of Indian castes, classes and cultures but I indeed admire their courage that they often do comment upon the poor condition of our country by being a businessman. They do not only comment but also they suggest the solution, or more to say, they work towards those solutions.
Arindam's theory, in his book THE GREAT INDIAN DREAMS, of 'soft capitalism' for a country like India is a wonderful insight specially when he proposes the theory of LSP (Life Style Parity) as a correct model of measuring poverty than PPP (Purchasing Power Parity)
Narayan's model, in his book A BETTER INDIA A BETTER WORLD of creating mega-corporations to ensure disposable income of the educated young brigade of India is the only solution to get country out of the bastion of pseudo factorial politics of terrorism and social divide.
While Subrato's teaching in his book GO KISS THE WORLD of least minimum required civil senses i.e. not defecate in public, not to spit in public, keep the public sanitary as you want it, adopt hygienic lifestyle are a few lessons majority of Indians need to lean as soon as possible.
All these three attempts are greater than that of entrepreneurial mindset. I feel these great authors of these great books have not only made money from their business but also turned the table towards those who are so called under privileged and would otherwise never got the chance to become entrepreneurs. They attempted to remove the bad of Indian society. If I closely interpret these three books together in a nut shell, these authors want we Indian to understand that we should NOT compare our self (Arindam) we should earn money (Narayan) and we should live hygienic lifestyle (Subrato). Precisely these are the three things a human should do in lifetime.
Azim's ambitious project of imparting quality education to every Indian irrespective of Caste, Creed and Wealth is one thing I admire and salute. He become the victim of miss-interpretation of his concept of unreserved meritocracy system by a few religion based extremists. He compared a moon mission where all the astronauts should be elected by the ways Indian government elect the Engineers and Doctors i.e. caste based reservation in otherwise meritocratic election process. He says that if you do so, the space mission will never succeed because of the inadequacy of the required talent on board. He wanted to say 'uplift the talent capacity of everyone and then ask them to compete in the leveled field but majority of Indian extremists understood it this way 'stop these moron idiots to compete with us, they are good for nothing and destined to be slave how dare they out compete us' However, I do not offend Azim for this as he is not a politician to get benefit out of his statements and so he need not to give any explanation of what he said or how it should be understood.
Ray-Sahara is a man of selflessness; he dared to dream for money because his wife wanted to be a singer. He otherwise was happy with his one bedroom house and scooter in Lucknow. His business of Micro-Fiance which reflects the model of CK Prahlad i.e. 'serving to the bottom of the pyramid' is marvelous. He become the biggest philanthropists who sponsored Cricket other sports to develop the competency among Indian with the world.
TATA's are greater than all of them.... certainly not as a person but as family’s business methodologies. This is one reason did not kept them in my bucket list. They were the first to introduce Provident Fund and Health Insurance for their workers much before than Government of India adopted this. They developed Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Social Science, The Taj group of hotels to show the world that we Indians are talented, helpful and capable. This is a courage I want every budding Indian Entrepreneur should adopt.
Sunil Bharti has pioneered the corporate world. He began from making the crank shafts of bicycles and constructed the world’s top three telecom network. Those who know, knows that he is very down to earth, very prompt and lovable human being. This is something I want my budding entrepreneur should learn from him.
I respect others too but because I believe they are inclined towards making money not making meaning hence I do not admire them the way I do those who are listed above. I believe my young co-citizen of this great sub-continent will fall in line with legends in their future.
With Love JV