HP Nanda

Today is the birth anniversary of my grandfather H. P. Nanda. He would be 96 years were he alive today. And as always, we held a prayer meeting with my father and key team members from the plant and offices across the company.

Looking at his garlanded portrait, memories of him came flooded back with all their emotional intensity.

What did he have to go through to build an organization that touched so many lives and made a difference to thousands? Did he not have his insecurities, his fears, his self doubts?  I know he did, but he soldiered on. He cast them aside and had deep faith in his capabilities, to turn adversity into an opportunity.

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HP Nanda with Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and JRD Tata (right) at the launch of Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust

People around him saw this in him. They saw that he always carried a visionary approach to his decision-making and instinctively knew that if not today, the benefits would flow tomorrow. They placed their trust in him, even as he exhorted them to excel, always knowing that he was there for them.

In many ways he was “tomorrow’s man”.

J R D Tata and he were contemporaries – both fearless leaders intent on creating not only a company, but in changing their society. Both carried a mutual respect, which translated itself in support, during the takeover crisis that Escorts faced many decades ago. Committed in building a culture of entrepreneurship, both these leaders set out to transform their worlds.

This abiding culture manifested itself, in the quiet unassuming handover of the Tata reins to Mr. Cyrus Mistry by Mr. Ratan Tata.

So many forces all need to come together, if you want to be a wealth builder for society and for yourself. These men were tough, shrewd and possessed an infinite capacity to persevere and not only to harness, but also unleash the talent of their teams.

I will never forget his smile, his penetrating look which seemed to say, “Get on with it”, which I see every day in his portrait, as I walk into office.

A smile that seems to magically reach out and beckon, that the possibilities are endless, limited only by our own vision and this inspires and provides me the energy needed to build Escorts. That’s the only gift, which I know he would like and I re-dedicate this passion to him.

Happy Birthday!

16 thoughts on “HP Nanda

  1. Sanjay Kumar

    Every thing comes from dedication,passion,belief on our capabilities such a thing man makes great. our founder had all the things which comes in his life. great

  2. Ashish Gupta

    A legendary tribute to a masterpiece from a gentleman.
    I have heard a lot about Mr H Nanda wid d virtue of this blog i got to know lot more.
    I can only say he is a real man who work with best of his potentials nd dedication.
    Salute to him.

  3. sandeepkruhela

    While I was doing my studies, I got an interesting assignment to do. I was asked to write on the of history of Faridabad. Sharing an excerpts..

    “Many engineers in 80s and 90s had a dream and the dream was to come to Faridabad and work for Escorts company. Many from far-off Indian cities migrated to Faridabad and embraced the multi- culture of city. Many entrepreneurs came to Faridabad and started their first ever businesses being associated with Escorts.
    While nurturing and turning Escorts into a diversified conglomerate of India, Mr. HP Nanda drew the fate of this city. This city has no history without Mr. HP Nanda and his vision. People of this city owe a lot to Mr. HP Nanda.”

    I salute the great visionary of India and helping my city coming up on world map.
    I am proud to be part of this great history and certainly great future.
    Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  4. Sushant S

    By the strong base,sky touching building are made,
    I am proud to be a part of this organization

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  7. Rishabh Agarwal

    Dear Sir
    I can understand why you are so keen to bring back Escorts as a Blue Chip Org.
    Escorts indeed is a Nation Building Organization with great heritage and values
    As a third generation Leader you are having on your shoulders Great Expectations!
    I myself was very attached with my late grand father and I can completely feel the feelings of a grand son and his dedication towards his grand father’s dreams
    This one blog of yours is very close and touching
    Thank you


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