Rahul Gandhi brings Tata, Parekh, Birla to Kashmir

Srinagar: Enthused with the wealth of human capital in Kashmir, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today pledged to do his bit in building a long-term relationship with the youth of the state and fulfil their aspirations.

Gandhi, who had brought some of the leading businessmen in the country to interact with the students of Kashmir University, said his main aim was to build trust and a long-term relationship with the youth of the state. Rahul's delegation includes other top corporate chiefs who will also be addressing the students. The delegation of businessmen includes Ratan Tata, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Azim Premji, Deepak Parekh and Ravi Bajaj.The event aims at allaying the fears of big business houses who want to invest in the state and create jobs in the valley.

Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata today met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and expressed his desire to expand his group's activities in the state.

"It has been a real step forward to have a conversation with the great wealth of human capital that exists here. What Mr Gandhi has done is not open a window, but open a door," Tata said.

During the breakfast meeting , they explored the possibility of cooperation in information technology, hospitality, agro-product and horticulture sector, officials said. Both agreed that a top-level delegation from the state government and the Tata group will meet soon to discuss mutually beneficial areas.


The event aims at allaying the fears of big business houses who want to invest in the state and create jobs in the valley. PTI

Tata said he was in favour of widening the presence of his group of companies across the state, the officials said. The 74-year-old industrialist recalled his fond memories of visits to Kashmir Valley with his grandfather and stay at a house boat in Nigeel lake to which the Chief Minister extended an invitation to him to relive his childhood memories.

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