The Tata Tea/ULFA Story

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Case Code : BECG008 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 200;
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Ethics in Business
Case Length : 09 Pages
Period : 1997-2001
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Tata Tea, ULFA
Industry : Food & Beverages
Countries : India


The case outlines the problems faced by the tea industry due to militancy in Assam. The case explores in detail the problems Tata Tea faced following allegations that it was funding militants. The case also presents arguments put forth by the company as well as the Assam government in the debate on 'militant-funding vs. protection payment.

The case is so structured as to enable students to gain an understanding of the special problems faced by the tea industry in Assam due to the socio-political unrest and terrorism. The case touches upon social, political and legal aspects of the Assam tea industry/ULFA-NDFB story.

The case can be used to help students see the wide gamut of problems that a company operating in a politically sensitive region could face. The case is aimed at MBA/PGDBA students, and is intended to be a part of the Business Environment curriculum. The case can be used to help students see the wide gamut of problems that a company operating in a politically sensitive region could face.


Role of Government in safeguarding industries in the State, Social responsibility of the Industries, funding of terrorist organizations by Industries


  Page No.
A Scandal Unravels 1
Background Note 2
The Assam Tea Industry Terror Story 3
Tata Tea's Deals with the ULFA and the Government 4
The Unsolved Problem 7


Tea industry, militancy, Assam, Tata Tea, funding militants, militant-funding, protection payment, structured socio-political unrest, terrorism, social, political, legal, ULFA-NDFB, politically sensitive region, Business ethics

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