India Inc. mourned Jyoti Basu, remembering him for the significant progress he made towards land reform, inclusive growth and development.

Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata described him as a great leader of the nation and West Bengal. “We view his passing with great sorrow. He will be missed by all.”

R.P. Goenka, chairman emeritus of RPG group and industrialist, said: “India is poorer for the demise of Jyoti Basu.”

Venugopal Dhoot, chairman of the Videocon group, saw Basu as the architect of modern West Bengal, who also laid the foundation for the State’s industrial resurgence. He had a profound vision and was extremely keen on starting a reverse flow of capital from western India back to West Bengal. His Leftist ideology did not come in the way of his industry-friendly policies, Mr. Dhoot told The Hindu.

Confederation of Indian Industry president Venu Srinivasan said the nation lost one of its tallest leaders. During his tenure as Chief Minister, West Bengal made significant progress towards inclusive growth and development. CII eastern region chairman Mukul Soman said the apex industry body got unstinted support of the State government under Mr. Basu’s dynamic leadership.

ASSOCHAM president Swati Piramal said Indian industry would remember the great leader for his enormous contribution in all walks of life, particularly his initiative to introduce land reform.

Sanjeev Goenka, vice-chairman of CESC and past chairman of CII said: “Mr. Basu brought political stability and direction during his unparalleled tenure as Chief Minister of West Bengal.”

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