The king of spices, Padma Shri recipient, running a vast business of spices in India and abroad having started from scratch by the dint of hard work, dedication and intelligence, 98 year old MDH king, DHARAMPAL GULATI AKA MAHASHAY DHARAMPAL, is no more. He died of cardiac arrest being a post Covid case despite being fully recovered while in a hospital.

He breathed his last today. Living in a spacious Bangalow in Vasant Vihar DHARAMPAL MAHASHAY was usually seen on television screens advertising for his products ” MAHASHAY Di Hatti” ( MDH) Spices with himself being at the centre of every advertisement promoting his spices. His face had become quite popular for his enchanting smile in traditional attire propagating his products giving practically a traditional look in colourful attires.

His reaching to the top as the king of Masalas is a rags to riches story but after tremendous commitment, hard work and dedication to become a big man one day, who, in his initial days, after migrating to Delhi, from Sialkot Pakistan, after the bloody Indo Pak riots, was a TANGEWALA , earning his meagre livelihood by ferrying passengers from one place to another at Karol Bagh where he used to move barefooted whenever he visited here even after becoming a multi millionaire.

A son of a father running a small pan shop in Sial Kot, Punjab, Pakistan way back in 1919 DHARAMPAL MAHASHAY was the man of more than Rs 2000 crores running twenty schools and hospitals including the factories of Spices. The Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri is one of them where he used to come usually being its chairman even at the old age to monitor n supervise its various operations.

He was merely a fifth class student who had to drop his studies due to partition but never looked back after his incessant struggles, first as a Tongawala n then starting and developing the business of spices multiply , finally becoming one of the towering businessman n king of spices in India.

Usually pronounced as Dadaji or Mahashayji he was 24x 7 active during his younger days n even after becoming senior citizen by sitting in factories, diligently looking after the production and supplies to outlets and adequately propagating its products thus earning name, fame and multiplying the income of the group manifold including managing the affairs of various hospitals n school’s compounded with his philanthropic activities even on holidays.

DHARAMPAL Gulatiji’s main area of gaining prosperity and kick up in business though gradually was Karol Bagh from where he ascended to business heights in Masala business from Tongawala to its King finally owning 25 Masala factories n more than 1000 dealers all over the country becoming a 15009 crore entrepreneur.

He was among the highest paid chairman of MDH with a major part of his salary going in philanthropic activities on regular basis.

Always believing in maintaining the quality of his product made him a king of Masala business in India becoming a true source of inspiration to hundreds of businessmen in India, his being a rags to riches story by the dint of his hard work, devotion, dedication, brilliance n outstanding abilities to reckon with, having seen the most troubled days of Indo Pakistan riots’, losing his everything in Pakistan.

The entire nation remembers him today as a great source of inspiration for the present n incoming generation.

The president of India, Ram Nath Kovind while expressing his anguish over the death of Padma Shree MAHASHAY DHARAMPAL said he was a prominent personality of Indian Industrial world. His contributions in the field of social service had been exemplary and laudable. My deepest condolences to his family and admirers tweeted President of India.

The union home minister Rajnath Singh, union railway minister Piyush Goyal, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival, Deputy CM Delhi Manish Sisodia, union minister Nitin Gadkari n several ministers n leaders across party affiliations consoled the death of MAHASHAY DHARAMPAL terming him as an inspiring personality and gaining name globally in Spices.

The Uttarakhand Journalists Forum also consoles the sad demise of MAHASHAY Dharam Pal and prays to Almighty to rest the departed soul in peace.


Sunil Negi

Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.

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