Sunday, July 31, 2011


Day before yesterday - 29th July, is the birth anniversary of Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata - JRD Tata. My single pointed urge was to know what was it that laid the foundation of such a great empire and establishement of INDIAN institute of Science [ IISc ] at Bangalore. Swami Vivekananda puts it { as only he could do, You become hyptonic to his words } " Throughout the history of Mankind, if any motive power has been MORE potent than another in the lives of all great men and women, it is that of faith in themselves born with the consciousness that they were to be great, they become great. "

This is undoubtedly one of the primary reasons for any person to become great and to rise to infinite heights of greatness, which Tata Empire has reached. My further research took me way back in time to the year 1893, when Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata { The Great grandfather of JRD Tata } and Swami Vivekananda meet on a ship from Japan to Chicago. At first, both of them introduced each other, after which Swamiji asked Nausserwanji Tata where he was going and what was the mission?

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata said, “ Swamiji, I am going with a mission to bring steel industry to country.” For which Swamiji said, “It is indeed a beautiful mission. My best wishes. However, I would like to give you a small caution. Whatever amount you spend to get the process of making steel simultaneously you should learn the metallurgical science of making steel also. I would prefer you to start an Institute, a laboratory to do advanced research on the Subject “

Subsequent to this discussion, Swamiji requested Maharaj of Mysore in a letter to donate the land for the research laboratory. Due to the immense respect the Mysore Maharaj had for Swamiji, he gladly agreed for donation of land. Five years later, recalling the incident Nausserwanji Tata wrote a letter to Swami Vivekananda stating,

“I trust, you remember me as a fellow – traveler on your voyage from Japan to Chicago. I very much recall at the moment your views on the growth of the ascetic spirit in India…I recall these ideas in connection with my scheme of Research Institute of Science for India, of which you have doubtless hear or read “. As his grand speech’s at America, the vision of Swami Vivekananda intermingled with greatness of JN Tata is what we see at Bangalore’s - INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE { IISc} which has translated into an epoch light for the world; be it in mathematical, physical or space sciences.

I have always been questioned as to what is the reverence of Swami Vivekananda in today’s date? Let me state with no scope for argumentation nor contradiction that if not now, then when will reverence of Swami Vivekananda's dynamic vision be required? As Bagha Jatindranath puts it so eloquently,

“Who can understand the Greatness of Swamiji Vivekananda? India’s Greatness will exceed all limits IF she follows his words!?“

Is it not!?

- Thanks
Rajhashekher BC - Raj
SATuRDAY, jULY 31, 2011
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