Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, the owner of the MDH spices brand passed away on Thursday due to cardiac arrest. He was 98.
Reportedly, he was undergoing treatment at a Delhi-based hospital for the last three weeks and breathed his last at around 5.30 AM today.
Expressing his grief on the demise of Gulati, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “Deeply saddened to know the passing away of Padma Shri #DharampalGulati ji, popularly known as #MDHDadaji. He was a shining beacon of India’s entrepreneurial journey who turned #MDHSpices into an iconic brand. He will always be remembered for his philanthropic work. Om Shanti”
Born on March 27, 1923, in Sialkot (Pakistan), Gulati had only completed his education till Class 4. After trying his hands at various small businesses, he ventured into his parental business of spices under the name of Mahashian Di Hatti popularly known as ‘Deggi Mirch Wale‘ people.
After the partition of the country, he came to India and reached Delhi on September 27, 1947, with only Rs 1500. He struggled for a brief period by driving a Tonga and later bought a shop at Karol Bagh in New Delhi and started his family business of ground spices and again raised the banner of Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH).
In 1959, Gulati purchased land in Kirti Nagar, New Delhi to set up the manufacturing unit of MDH.
In 2019, the Government of India honoured Gulati with Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award.