The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting Padma Bhushan to Tarun Das (right), at investiture ceremony in New Delhi on 29 March 2006.
West Bengal, India
Tarun Das is an Indian industrialist, corporate executive, writer and a former Chief Mentor of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He served CII from 1967 to 1974 as its director general and from 1974 to 2004 as its chief executive.
Das, who did his college education at the University of Calcutta and Manchester University, is a recipient of honoris causa degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Warwick. He has chaired the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue and the U.S.-India -Japan Strategic Dialogue and has served many corporate houses such as Haldia Petrochemicals, Associated Cement Companies, John Keells Holdings, Asian Hotels and Properties, Bajaj Auto Finance and New Delhi Television as their director. A former member of the International Advisory Board of Coca-Cola, he is a trustee of the Indian chapter of the Aspen Institute. The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian trade and industry.
Das' name was mentioned in the media reports related to Radia tapes controversy which was later refuted by him. He has delivered several keynote addresses; his lecture on Adapting Indian industry to globalisation at the golden jubilee of the Forum for Free Entrepreneurs in Mumbai in 2006 is one such address. He has published a book, Crossing Frontiers: The Journey of Building CII, which is an account of his years at the Confederation of Indian Industry.
- "Indian Industry has to cope with several factors". One India. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- "CII hosts US Treasury Secretary in India". CII. 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- "Executive profile". Bloomberg. 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- "Aspen Institute India". Aspen Institute India. 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Was a Bloody Fool to Loose Talk With Radia". Outlook India. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Das, Tarun (2015). Crossing Frontiers: The Journey of Building CII. ISBN 978-93-5212-346-9.
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