For far too long, industry in India has always treated threats from political parties with a great deal of caution. When political parties carry out or even threaten agitations, generally industrial houses have taken a conciliatory and more cautious ” safety first ” approach which meant pacifying them- virtually at any cost.
In this context the move by the giant Tata group to seriously consider pulling out of the Singur facility- in India’s eastern state of West Bengal is being eagerly followed by industry at large. This plant was to roll out the much written about Nano car- the first to be priced at Rs. 100,000. This product – scheduled to be launched in October 2008 was likely to change the face of the automotive industry in India for ever.