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Describing Larsen & Toubro’s non-executive Chairman AM Naik as a man with great vision, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani said he is the first and the “original Make-in-India man”, reports PTI. “My association with Naik goes back to 35 years, when I saw him as a young engineer and that was in 1983-84. At that time, he was the original Make-in-India man,” Ambani said at the launch of Naik’s biography titled ‘The Nationalist’ in Mumbai on Saturday evening.
The book, authored by Minhaz Merchant, details how Naik, in his 53 years at the nation’s largest engineering company, has travelled the long and arduous route to reach great heights. “During that period (1983-84), I had returned from the US and we wanted to build capacities. I was quite idealistic and wanted to build a world-class facility. So I thought we would have to import from Germany and Japan. But Naik told me the he would do it. That is the vision I saw in him in the 80s,” Ambani said.
He further said the basic parameter in the 35 years of association was that we will make in India, but without compromising on the quality. “I told him that we want quality to be better than anyone else and you have the Reliance business,” Ambani said.
“Being a shop-floor man, Naik could understand the micro details and he was very ambitious. His curiosity and ambition is such that whenever, during our talks, I told him that foreign firms have got certain technology, he would strive to develop a much better version of it. When I told him about the CAD (computer-aided design) system, within three months, L&T had developed it. Recently, I spoke to him about artificial intelligence and I am sure that within a few months you will tell me that your intelligence is better than the whole world,” Ambani said.
Mumbai: L&T Chairman AM Naik, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, during the launch of Naik’s biography The Nationalist in Mumbai on Saturday evening. PTI