Gulati being honoured with Padma Bhushan, by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2019

‘Mahashay’ Dharampal Gulati who is famously known as the ‘MDH uncle’ or ‘Dalaji’ across the country died due to a cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was 98.

The owner of the spice company was much more than just a businessman, he has received various accolades during his lifetime.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the MDH owner:

  1. Born in 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan, Dharampal Gulati was never interested in studies and dropped out of school in Class 5.

  2. During partition, Gulati moved to India and stayed at a refugee camp in Amritsar.

  3. Gulati was drawn towards business from a young age. Before the MDH success story, he tried his hands in woodwork, a soap factory, a rice factory, a fabric factory, as well as carriage driving.

  4. The name MDH was inspired from his father’s spice shop in Sialkot which had the same name – ‘Mahashian Di Hatti’.

  5. He started his business from a small shop in Ajmal Khan Road in Delhi’s Karol Bagh in the year 1948. It was nearly a decade later that the shop grew big and Gulati expanded branches in Punjab and other parts of Delhi.

  6. Soon his business empire became huge as he took up the roles of distributor and exporter as well. MDH started exporting spices to various parts of the world and had solid bases in the UK, UAE, and Canada.

  7. Gulati was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the country, in 2019.

  8. Despite his age, Gulati would get up early in the morning and exercise daily.

  9. He was also responsible for the decisions taken by the company till his last days.

  10. Gulati believed in giving back to the society. Even during the pandemic, he donated masks and PPE kits for corona warriors.

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