Lessons from Singur

A dozen years in a country’s economic history make a lot of difference. In 1996, Ratan Tata gave up a lonely battle to get the group back into the aviation business. His proposed venture with Singapore Airlines was scuttled by dirty politics, dubious policies and business rivalry. Then, neither industry associations nor fellow industrialists supported the Tatas, despite their historical claim...

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