Ratan Tata (pictured), chairman of family-owned Indian conglomerate Tata Group, has criticised the country's government over its lack of crisis infrastructure following the terrorist attacks that swept across Mumbai last week.
Tata Group, via its subsidiary Indian Hotels Company, owns the Taj Mahal hotel that was at the centre of the attacks in which over 170 people lost their lives.
"I just want to say that this is a very, very unfortunate situation which none of us are going to forget. My message is that the government and state authorities should also not forget," he said at a press conference.
"We had a bomb blast some years ago; we should have learnt to get a crisis infrastructure in place that could snap to attention as soon as something happens. We still don't have that in place. If we are living in this kind of environment, we need an infrastructure that will cope with this."
He praised the hotel's staff for their courage, but said that the loss of life could have been minimised. "Everyone is doing their best but it's not coming together fast enough," he said.
The 70-year-old chairman condemned the "terrible wanton attacks" and offered his sympathies and condolences to all those "who have suffered, been injured, and those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible act of hatred and destruction."
In a rallying cry to his fellow countrymen, he said they must rebuild what has been destroyed. "We must show that we cannot be disabled or destroyed, but that such heinous acts will only make us stronger. It is important that we do not allow divisive forces to weaken us. We need to overcome these forces as one strong unified nation," he said.
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