Today, on the birth anniversary of J R D Tata, we remember independent India’s great visionaries and their contribution to our nation. It was their vision and determination to succeed that led them to be called one of the greatest Indian visionaries ever lived. Here are eight such visionaries:
1. Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata
J R D Tata was a French-born industrialist and the one responsible to make Tata one of largest and most successful companies in the world. He took over the reigns at the age of 34 and made went on to take Tata from being Rs 62 crore company in 1939 to Rs 10,000 crore company in 1990. Born in the illustrious Tata family, he was the major contributor to make Tata the brand it is today.
2. Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Known as the “Missile Man” of India due to his contribution to developments of missiles like Agni and his coordinative work on Pokhran II tests, Dr Kalam was widely praised for his work in ISRO as well as the President of India, first scientist and bachelor to hold the position. Loved by the young and the old alike, he passed away due to heart failure doing the thing he loves most… Educating young minds.
3. Dr Manmohan Singh
Most people remember him as the (silent) Prime Minister of India during the Congress led UPA rule but what he should be remembered for is his tenure as Finance minister in later 80s upto 1991. During that period, India’s economy was in a freefall and unemployment was looming large. His bold move to liberalise the economy effectively saved the country from a huge financial crisis and made him famous for his work.
4. Amartya Sen
First Asian to get Nobel prize for his economics, Amartya Sen is well known name in India and abroad. Working tirelessly for the poor and the oppressed, he helped develop the United Nations Human Development Index and was featured on Time Magazine’s list of ‘World's 50 Most Influential People Who Matter. Many of his works have been translated into other languages and he remains an idol for many.
5. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
The voice of the oppressed, the one who helped forge the constitution of India, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar does not need any introduction. Putting up a fight against a thousand-year old caste system is no joke. He did that and dared to criticise everything from caste to religion. His work stands as a benchmark even today and ideology followed by millions.
6. Dr Baba Amte
Dr Amte went to those remote villages where there aren’t even any roads or any sort of connectivity developed and is so backward that while majority of India makes great progress, this area remains as backward as it ever was. He helped the adivasis stand up for themselves, he made them realise what they were lacking, made them realise the importance of progress, riddled with harmful traditions and dreadful diseases as they were, Dr Baba Amte was no less than a god to these people and is remembered all over the world for his work.
7. Dhirubhai Ambani
When we think of the Ambanis, the one thing that comes to our minds is wealth. Immensely rich and showing no signs of slowdowns, this wealth was not handed over to them by the ancestor but came through the industrial empire Dhirubhai Ambani built. He took Reliance industries public in 1977 and by 2007, the Ambanis were the third richest family in the entire world. His work has been successfully carried forward by his two sons - Mukesh and Anil
8. Vikram Sarabhai
Sarabhai is the father India’s science programme and the man responsible for establishing the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO). He made the government realise the importance of space programme for a developing country like India and today, as we celebrate Mangalyaan’s success, we must remember this man who set this vision for our country and ISRO and India as a whole to where we are.
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