Spread this prosperity to the whole country : Tata

: Tata launches Lokmat's coffee-table book Business Icons of Aurangabad, which honors 64 eminent Aurangabadkars : Videocon Chairman Venugopal N Dhoot congratulates the business icons of Aurangabad : 'It is because of them that Aurangabad has become so prosperous.' : It was a proud moment for the Business community of Aurangabad when Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, lauded their role in the growth and progress of Aurangabad, captured in the coffee-table book Business Icons of Aurangabad, which he unveiled here today.

Congratulating the business icons of Aurangabad for their proud achievements and prosperity, Mr Tata urged them to "spread this prosperity to the whole country". “There are many many people in Aurangabad and in the country who are not as fortunate or lucky as we are. It will thus be a mandate for all us to play a role in spreading the prosperity we enjoy, to others, because a prosperous India will be one whose future will be assured,” Mr Tata said.

Happy with the progress that Aurangabad has made over the years, Mr Tata said, "I remember, as a school student, I used to come to Aurangabad to visit the Ajanta-Ellora caves. There was nothing other than Ajanta-Ellora then in Aurangabad, but today, it is a bustling industrial and tourism city!"

"I wish that in the years to come, Aurangabad would see even better growth, and when Lokmat publishes a new book, it would take many volumes to include the personalities," Mr Tata added. Videocon Chairman Mr Venugopal N Dhoot too congratulated the business icons of Aurangabad, saying that it is because of them that Aurangabad has become so prosperous.

Mr Tata unveiled the book — compiled and published by Lokmat Media — in the presence of Guest of Honour Venugopal N Dhoot, Chairman, Videocon, Mr Vijay Darda, MP Rajya Sabha and Chairman Lokmat Media, Mr Rajendra Darda, State Minister for Education, Mr Deven Darda, Director Lokmat Media, and Mr Rishi Darda, Joint MD Lokmat Media, at the CIDCO Natyagruha.

Also present on the occasion were the business icons honoured in the book, along with several eminent public figures of Aurangabad and Marathwada region.

Mr. Vijay Darda, Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman – Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd, said, “Over the past 30 years, Lokmat has struck deep roots among every segment of the society in Aurangabad. Business Icons of Aurangabad is our salute to the business leaders who have built modern Aurangabad brick by brick. I am grateful to Shri Ratan Tata and Shri Venugopal Dhoot for inspiring these business leaders with their presence here today. It is because of icons like these that this historic city has experienced such phenomenal growth."

The Business Icons series, introduced by Lokmat to serve as a guide for the future generations of the country, started with the release of Business Icons of Pune,  at the hands of Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Finance Minister of India, on 7th November 2011 in Pune.

Mr. Rishi Darda, Joint Managing Director – Lokmat Media, revealed that the selection of the business leaders profiled in Business Icons of Aurangabad, was made by a distinguished panel of that included social entrepreneurs, presidents of industrial associations, and the senior editorial board of Lokmat, which, with a combined circulation of 7485,000 copies in Maharashtra, Lokmat is the most widely read daily in the state today.

“Lokmat Media will continue the process of chronicling outstanding economic growth,” Mr. Darda said, adding, “Nagpur is next on the agenda.”

Recognized over the last five decades as a major industrial destination, Aurangabad has been included in the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor which is expected to attract major investments. Industrial houses that have created wealth in Aurangabad represent a wide gamut of industry and trade segments such as automobile, education, real estate, white goods, pharma, steel, textiles and agro-products and include such eminent names as Bajaj Auto, Wockhardt, Videocon, Garware, Siemens, Nirlep, SkodaAuto India, RL Steels and many others.

NASSCOM has included Aurangabad in the list of top 50 potential IT cities in India, as Aurangabad’s IT and ITES industries today provide employment to nearly 5000 people.

The book, which profiles 64 industrialists who have made major contributions to the spectacular growth story of Aurangabad, is priced at Rs 3000/- and will be an immense value-add to any student, researcher or institution of industrial growth in India. प्रेस रिलीज

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