It’s a small car that’s carrying a big burden. As Ratan Tata announced and unveiled a concept that the world’s business press had been waiting for, global automakers had been afraid of, and governments in three continents had been inviting, he was, for a change, batting on the front foot. An aggression unseen so far in his generally humble and soft demeanour could be felt in his still humble and soft words. Over breakfast, speaking on behalf of Nano, his four-year, Rs 1 lakh dream, it wasn’t a defensive Tata any more. With less than three hours’ sleep behind him, it was an unusually forceful Tata.
Opinion in The Indian Express, January 11, 2008