Praising industrialist Ratan Tata, Finance Minister P Chidambaram has described him as the Sachin Tendulkar of corporate India. With a large gathering of corporate leaders in attendance at the function in Mumbai even as the master blaster played his last test match at the nearby Wankhede Stadium, the Finance Minister said, “Ratan (Tata) is as big a draw as Sachin.” Among those honouring the legendary entrepreneur were ONGC chief Sudhir Vasudeva, Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys, ITC’s Y V Deveshwar, Azim Premji of Wipro, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej and S Ramadorai of TCS. Ratan Tata said he was humbled by the honour and recalled how late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had appreciated the role of the Confederation of Indian Industry in transforming the country. “I admire Ratan for his frugality … I admire him for his few words, for creating millions of jobs in the country and thousands abroad … and I admire Ratan for drawing a sane line between corporate management and control. Industrial houses should emulate what Ratan has established in his Group.”

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