The leadership, diligence, foresight and wisdom that a great entrepreneur demonstrates can help shape a company's -- even a nation's -- destiny.
Indian corporate history is replete with business icons who have changed the way the world looks at India, and helped shape a new future for the nation.
But before we move on further, here is a caveat: This list of India's corporate giants is by no means complete. Nor have these Indian business icons been ranked. Their pictures have been arranged in random order. Also, stalwarts like JRD Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani, G D Birla and others who are not amongst us today have not been mentioned in the slide show.
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Ratan Naval Tata has been in the news for the past few days due to the unseemly controversy over the Nano car plant in Singur, West Bengal.
The 70-year-old is the chairman of the Tata Group, which is one of India's largest conglomerates.
A bachelor, Tata is one of the most admired businessmen not just in India but the world over. He has been at the helm of the Tata empire since 1991.
Image: Ratan Tata, chairman of one of India's largest conglomerates, the Tata Group. | Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images
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