Amidst the debate over perceived intolerance in the country, industry tycoon Ratan Tata has said that India suffers from an inherently unequal environment. Divisions are created for political reasons on the basis of religion, caste and communal groups.  He said, though such tactics may help some people at the election time, it will not help in creating a unified country.

“We have for political reasons carved out the country according to caste, religion and communal groups… We are now Maharashtrians, Punjabis and Tamilians rather than Indians. The day we all become Indians again, that’s when the country will be strong,” Tata said.

Mr. Tata in an interview to Tata Review, the Tatas’ internal publication said, “What we are going through now in terms of religious differences and inequalities, that is included in what I am saying.”

78-year-old Tata, who retired as Chairman of Tata Sons in 2012 after being at the helm for over three decades, was replying to a question about the priority issues that he thinks India should address.

“I have always felt that India suffers from having an environment that is inherently unequal. If I could sum up in one phrase, I’d say my greatest desire as an Indian is to be proud of my country because it is an equal-opportunity nation,” he added.