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PREFACE







                                   FN SUBEDAR

                                   Chairman, Tata Services Limited



            T                                                 on January 7, 1991. I vividly recall the presence of
                   ATA CENTRAL ARCHIVES
                   (TCA), the first business archives to be set
                                                              JRD Tata and other great men like NA Palkhivala
                   up in India, has now become a benchmark
                                                              our first Archivist, AN Mambro, who was
            for businesses wishing to conserve their past for   and JJ Bhabha at this event. I also remember
            future generations. Since its inception 25 years   instrumental in setting up the initial collection
            ago, TCA has traversed a challenging and fulfilling   of documents at the office located at Fort,
            journey. As custodians of the Tata heritage, we   Bombay (now Mumbai).
            collect, catalogue, preserve and restore the rich
            legacy of the Tata group for dissemination to     The next significant milestone was the move
            future generations.                               to the new TCA building in Pune on
                                                              February 13, 2001. This building was constructed
            TCA has been fortunate and privileged to have     under the personal supervision of JJ Bhabha. It
            been part of the 150-year legacy institutionalised   was designed in the same architectural style as
            by JN Tata, the Founder of the Tata group.        the Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC)
            JN Tata’s accomplishments were the fruits of a rich   heritage building in Pune.
            imagination, an innovative mind and an almost
            limitless range of interests. A man who was truly   TCA not only preserves the history of the group
            ahead of his time. A man who dreamt of hydro-     but also strives to help future generations imbibe
            electricity for his beloved Bombay (now Mumbai)   the Tata group’s culture and ethos. It was with this
            to address pollution, a malaise we grapple with   very vision that TCA was set up on the campus of
            even today. He desired a steel plant since he was   the TMTC. Participants of TMTC are encouraged
            convinced that ‘the nation which gains control    to spend some time at the Archives learning about
            of iron soon acquires the control of gold’. The   the rich history of the Tata group.
            distribution of his wealth was carefully planned.
            He invested his wealth for the industrialisation of   The restoration and set up of the JN Tata
            India, as well as in trusts for various philanthropic   birthplace in Navsari, undertaken by TCA, has
            schemes for the benefit of the country.           been a cherished and fulfilling moment. It all came
                                                              from the Collections that the Archives had, which
            TCA houses Records of this remarkable enterprise   were put together by the team.
            that pioneer several industries in India, helping
            the country secure a prominent place in the league   The mobile exhibitions that have been curated
            of industrialised nations.                        over the last few years, showcasing JN Tata’s vision
                                                              to people around the country, especially to the
            I consider it a great privilege to be a part — in a   youth, is another facet of TCA that stands out.
            small way — of TCA’s 25-year journey right from   The exhibitions have been taken to his birthplace,
            its launch. I was part of the group of employees   Navsari; to Nagpur where he started his first
            present at the inauguration of the Archives held   venture and to his passion, the Indian Institute of



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