Mumbai, April 12
A Facebook post about experts predicting major economic downfall due to coronavirus is getting traction on social media. The content of the post has been wrongly attributed to industrialist Ratan Tata.
A clip resembling newspaper report titled “Very motivational at this hour” was shared with the FB post. The report quotes Tata as having said “ Although some experts have predicted that due to COVID 19 economy will be in doldrums, I don’t think so. On the contrary the economy will bounce back. If the experts were to be believed, after the total destruction in World War II, Japan had no future. But the same Japan in just three decades or so, made US cry at the market place. If the experts were to be believed, the Israel would have been wiped out from the world map by the of Arabs. But the fact is different”.
“As per the rules of Aerodynamics, the Bumble Bee cannot fly. But it flies, because it does not know the rules of Aerodynamics. If the experts were to be believed, we should have been nowhere in 83 cricket world cup”.
“If the experts were to be believed, Wilma Rudolf, the first American lady to win 4 Olympic gold in athletics, should not have been in a position to walk without braces, no question of running”. “If the experts were to be believed, Arunima Sinha, can hardly lead a normal life. But she climbed the Mount Everest”. “ The corona crisis in no different. I do not have any doubt that, we will defeat the Corona hands down and the Indian economy will bounce back in a great manner”.
The same article was published on 09 April 2020, on a website named purplerealtors, but without any attribution to Ratan Tata. There is no trace of the article on any of Tata’s social media accounts and no other publications have carried any reports on the same.
Ratan Tata has stated he had no connection with the post on Facebook. In a twitter message Tata said that “ This post has neither been said, nor written by me. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms. If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. Hope you are safe and do take care”.
Meanwhile, Ratan Tata donated Rs 500 crore towards battling Covid-19, while Tata Sons donated an additional Rs 1,000 crore later. Stating Covid-19 one of the toughest challenges, Ratan Tata on March 28 tweeted that he has committed Rs 500 crore for the development of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the frontline medical staff, ventilators, testing kits and modular treatment facilities.