The government refuses Tata to fly Air India. But Twitter enters nostalgia zone with JRD, ‘gharwaapsi’
Earlier on Friday, Bloomberg reported that Tata Sons had been selected as the winning bidder for the debt-laden public airline Air India. A report from the press agency
Reuters also claimed that a panel of ministers had accepted a proposal from officials recommending the salt conglomerate to software ahead of an offer from Ajay Singh, promoter of the Indian airline operator
If this deal comes to fruition, Air India’s life will be ended as it returns to Tata Sons, more than half a century after the group ceded control of the carrier to the government.
As speculation grew, nostalgia flooded social media.
An aviator himself, JRD Tata had flying close to his heart from his early years, having lived next to the famous aviator Louis Blériot in France. The renowned industrialist and trained pilot turned this passion into business with the launch of Tata Air Lines in 1932 – transforming it from an overnight postal service to a leading commercial carrier.
In 1953, the country nationalized all Indian airlines, making one the main domestic service of India: Indian Airlines Corporation, and the other international air carriers: Air-India International Corporation.
Twitter was quick to pull up old photos of the carrier, along with ads featuring fares, as well as snapshots of the crew – taking a full trip down memory lane.
A handful, IndianHistoryPics, shared a photo of JRD from the 1970s, in front of Air India’s Boeing 747, with the carrier’s hostess in their iconic sari uniform on the steps.
1970s :: Shri JRD Tata in front of Air India Boeing 747 https://t.co/Ng8zgGYTiu
– indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) 1633069164000
He shared several other photos from Tata’s Air India days, including one of JRD sitting in an office with a model airplane on his desk, and another of a newspaper ad featuring the price of a flight. Bombay-New York-Bombay at Rs 4,125.
1972 :: Air India Bombay -New York – Bombay Flight at Rs 4125 / – Only https://t.co/VCm8IatK8p
– indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) 1632507025000
1960s :: Destinations of Air India flights https://t.co/RiMZjI4qU5
– indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) 1633073498000
1970s :: Shri JRD Tata as Chairman of Air India https://t.co/Kr0892bK3L
– indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) 1633073863000
The founder of Investor and Equity Intelligence India Ltd, Porinju Veliyath, called the agreement “a historic moment in Indian economic history – and the end of the dark age of nationalization”.
The circle has come full circle for Air India after 68 years! Return to its rightful owners. It’s a defining moment in India… https://t.co/km3Y7wAzu5
– Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) 1633068217000
Author Anand Ranganathan recalled JRD’s remarks for Nehru after the airline’s sudden nationalization.
“My own friend Nehru stabbed me in the back. I can only lament that such a vital step was taken without giving us a proper hearing. – JRD Tata on the cruel and sudden nationalization of his beloved Airlines. 68 years later, Air India returns to the Tatas. What a day. What a man.
My own friend Nehru stabbed me in the back. I can only regret that such a vital step has been taken without telling us… https://t.co/eKnnGcSUFM
– Anand Ranganathan (@ ARanganathan72) 1633070703000
Another user called him ‘
Ghar Waapsi‘for airlines.
Note that it was #Tata Group which founded Air India 88 years ago and then was forced to cede control to India… https://t.co/bajZ5Eywch
– Anil Singh (@ Anilsingh9761) 1633072022000
Writer and sports producer Joy Bhattacharjya shared a photo of a postage stamp depicting the carrier and gave a brief history of the airlines, writing: “Tata Airlines was established by JRD Tata in 1932 and July 1946, it took the name of Air India. In 1948 it was nationalized and on June 8 of the same year the Malabar Princess made its first international flight. Today Tata Sons may have won the offer to take over Air India. ”
Tata Airlines was founded by JRD Tata in 1932 and in July 1946 it changed its name to Air India. In 1948, it was nationali … https://t.co/tGJAAoa63Z
– Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) 1633069886000
One user said: “Life is a circle” while another called it “Indian aviation highlight”.
Life is a circle. TATA Sons won the tender for the national carrier #AirIndia. https://t.co/O7eod2Gurm
– Siddu (@siddusayss) 1633068268000
It’s the return of #AirIndia on TATA after 68 years! Tata Sons won the tender for the national carrier Air India… https://t.co/3QoABS6EAX
– Rohit Chivukula (@ rohitav8r) 1633070168000