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Tata's exit from social responsibility

Published by MAC on 2007-03-15

Tata's exit from social responsibility

15th March 2007

Our website has reported consistently on the activities of India's most renowned company, Tata, since the horrendous Kalingangar massacre in January 2006 which raised burning questions about the company's complicity in a police action which resulted in the deaths of 13 people.

Since then Tata has not only been behind the seizure of farmland at Singur, West Bengal, as the site for its planned small-car plant , being set up with the Italian firm of Fiat. It has also secretively been acquiring for a steel plant in the Bastur region of Chhattisgarh state [see our update: ] .

Meanwhile it has taken over the major UK-Dutch steel firm, Corus (see London Calling this week).

Here, the Independent's Peter Popham challenges Tata to observe its claims to social responsiblity and explains why its recent actions should be of concern to us all.

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