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We will not be defeated: Ratan Tata

December 2, 2008

Fareed Zakaria is an India-born American author, television host and noted journalist. His weekly television show Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) is telecast by CNN.

In his show telecast on Sunday, November 30, at 1830 hrs (IST), Zakaria spoke with Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group which also owns the Taj Group of hotels, on the terror attacks on Mumbai, India.

Following is the transcript of the interview:

Fareed Zakaria: Ratan Tata is the chairman of the Taj Group of hotels, and also the Tata Group -- the largest private corporate group in India. It has interests in steel, cars, communications, computer technology, power -- and, of course, hotels. Their revenues last year were $62.5 billion. Ratan Tata is often described as India's David Rockefeller. He joins me today to talk about how the attacks affect his hometown, the country and business in India. Tell me how you felt when you first heard about the attacks.

Ratan Tata: I've got to say that I was truly emotionally overcome when I saw this old, venerable, rather beautiful building going up in flames, and I kept hearing the grenades or explosives going on inside, the sound of gunfire, the fact that there were several hundred people in the hotel, either at dinner or living there. And I just felt tremendously helpless.

Image: The resplendent Taj Hotel under siege by terrorists. | Photograph: Uriel Sinai/AFP/Getty Images

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