Memoirs of a Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur


"An epic triple treat—stories from a civil servant, corporate captain and businessman Jagdish Khattar has had an astonishingly diverse career, a trained lawyer who became an IAS officer. He was an agent of change in Uttar Pradesh through his roles as district magistrate, and head of the cement and transport corporations. He also helmed India’s Tea Board in London and played a key role in the steel ministry. Elevated to the post of MD with Maruti Udyog, a firm that was on the verge of a steep decline, Khattar braved labour unions, foreign competition, and politicians as he led Maruti to a very successful IPO. Finally, at the age of sixty-five, Khattar turned entrepreneur with Carnation, India’s first multi-brand car sales and servicing network. Driven spreads across a sweeping national canvas from drought-hit villages to the Shakespearean intrigues of politicians and bureaucrats. Written with flair and liberally peppered with frank anecdotes, it is filled with lessons about leadership, friendships, jugaad-style innovation, resilience, and values."


368 Pages | ISBN13 9780143423539
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Jagdish Khattar
Jagdish Khattar
"Jagdish Khattar is Chairman and Managing Director of Carnation Auto. He is the former MD of Maruti Udyog, an IAS officer and a lawyer. Suveen Sinha is the executive editor at Business Today; he has been a business journalist for nineteen years, most of those with Business Standard, Business Today and Outlook. One of the first stories that he covered was how the government and Suzuki battled in court for control over Maruti. He met an aloof-looking Jagdish Khattar at the launch of the redesigned Maruti 800 in 1997. Since then he has written several articles on Jagdish Khattar and Maruti, including a definitive cover story in 2000 about how Maruti, losing customers at a worrying pace, was going to regain lost ground. Jagdish Khattar’s initial frostiness turned into a warm friendship, culminating in this book."
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