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Owner & Face Of MDH Spices, ‘Mahashay’ Dharampal Gulati, Passes Away At 97

As people mourned his passing on social media this morning, pictures and videos of Mr Gulati smiling at the end of the MDH TVC surfaced with caption-  “Asli Masale Sach Sach, MDH, MDH”.

The owner of the MDH Masala brand often called the grand old man of spices or ‘the MDH uncle’- Dharampal Gulati passed away on Thursday. He was 97 years old.

Widely known as “Mahashay” Dharampal Gulati, he had been admitted in a hospital in Delhi for weeks. He died of a cardiac arrest early this morning, said reports.

With his signature red turban and pearl necklace, Mr Gulati was the face of MDH spices and even appeared in their advertisements. As people mourned his passing on social media this morning, pictures and videos of Mr Gulati smiling at the end of the MDH TVC surfaced with caption-  “Asli Masale Sach Sach, MDH, MDH”.

Mr Gulati, last year, was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia were first among the politicians to pay tribute to Mr Gulati on social media.

“Dharam Pal ji was a very inspiring personality. He dedicated his life for society. God bless his soul,” said Mr Kejriwal in his post.

“India’s most inspiring entrepreneur, MDH owner Dharm Pal Mahashay passed away this morning. I have never met such an inspiring and lively soul. May his soul rest in peace,” Mr Sisodia tweeted with his pictures along with the renowned entrepreneur.

Born in Pakistan’s Sialkot in 1923, Mr Gulati dropped out in fifth grade and joined his father Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati’s spice business early.

Mr Gulati, according to his biography on the MDH site, he moved to India after the Partition of 1947 and arrived in Delhi with ₹ 1,500 to his name. Opening his first store in Delhi’s Karol Bagh, he began the expansion of his spices business.

The company established in 1959, the MDH sells 62 products available in over 150 different packages. The spices are sold worldwide.

In 2017, at the age of 94, Mr Gulati became the highest-paid CEO in India. He was also known to be a philanthropist and built several hospitals and schools.

 

 

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