By saying what he meant and doing what he said, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became a Mahatma. Obviously not of the same exalted stature, but Rata Tata of the "Promise is a promise" fame was still considered impeccably honest for an Indian businessman until the red hot Radia tapes scorched many carefully cultivated reputations. He is on an audio tape strategising with his lobbyist how to put A. Raja up again as the Telecom minister in the UPA 2.0 Central government and this in May 2009 when Raja's alleged malfeasance since October 2007 was common knowledge.
Now Tata has moved the Supreme Court charging those who have leaked the tapes to the press of violating his and his lobbyist's privacy, he has also appealed to the court to stop publication of more tapes. Perhaps he has the letter of the law on his side and the court would grant his requests, but it will take a life time to rebuild his reputation of utmost probity. And at seventy three, Ratan Tata does not have that kind of time.