Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, the owner of the spices brand ‘MDH’ passed away earlier today at the age of 98. Dharampal Gulati, was undergoing treatment at Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Delhi for the last three weeks. His condition deteriorated on Wednesday night and he passed away on Thursday morning because of cardiac arrest.
Gulati was India's highest-paid consumer products CEO for the year 2017. That year, he had taken home over Rs 21 crore as salary, outearning celebrity honchos like Adi Godrej and Vivek Gambhir of Godrej Consumer, Sanjiv Mehta of Hindustan Unilever and YC Deveshwar of ITC.
Fondly called 'dalaji' and 'Mahashayji', Dharampal Gulati was born in 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan. A school drop out, Dharampal Gulati joined his father's spice business in early days. After 1947 India-Pakistan partition, he moved to India where he stayed at refugee camp in Amritsar. After that he moved to Delhi’s Karol Bagh where he opened a store. He launched MDH Masala as a brand in 1959.
The business did not just flourish in India only but Gulati became a distributor and exporter as well. His company exports Indian spices to various parts of the world, including the UK, Europe, UAE, Canda, etc. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the country, in 2019.
MDH has more than 60 products and gets a majority of its sales from three variants - Deggi Mirch, Chat Masala and Chana Masala. Each of these products reportedly sells over a crore packets every month.
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