The Mar­waris, as a com­mu­nity, re­main un­sur­passed in their ef­forts to pre­serve the prin­ci­ples and tenets that form a strong part of their iden­tity.

Marwar - - Editor's Note -

Their busi­ness skills are leg­endary, their fam­ily ties are strong and as a peo­ple, they are am­bi­tious but re­spect­ful, be it of their el­ders, val­ues or her­itage, as this is­sue il­lus­trates while travers­ing the past, present and future.

The cover story is on Deven­dra Ku­mar Jain of INOX and his fam­ily. Un­der the guid­ance of the pa­tri­arch, the sec­ond and third gen­er­a­tions of the Jains have up­held their busi­ness val­ues and the sin­gle-minded pur­suit to be the very best, amass­ing a $2 bil­lion em­pire in in­dus­trial gases, re­new­able en­ergy, en­ter­tain­ment and more.

The tur­ban sig­ni­fies hi­er­ar­chy, au­thor­ity, reli­gion, caste and stature among Mar­waris, in­deed amongst all In­di­ans. The Mar­wari tur­ban has all but been sac­ri­ficed at the al­tar of ur­ban­i­sa­tion. So in this is­sue, we fo­cus on this head­gear which has lost much sig­nif­i­cance.

The com­mu­nity has evolved in other mat­ters too, most im­por­tantly re­gard­ing life­style choices such as cross-cul­tural mar­riages and diet, as ex­plored in Per­spec­tives. We also learn about the evo­lu­tion of global Mar­wari busi­ness­men who had mi­grated to far-flung parts of Asia as early as the sev­en­teenth cen­tury. Our re­view of Bakhtiar K Dad­ab­hoy’s

Barons of Bank­ing traces the clan’s role in de­vel­op­ing a sys­tem of in­dige­nous bank­ing long be­fore the ad­vent of mod­ern bank­ing in­sti­tu­tions in In­dia.

We have also pub­lished many sto­ries of undi­luted ex­cel­lence this time. Anup and Sm­riti Bohra who own the cen­turies-old Jew­els Em­po­rium, one of the coun­try’s finest jew­ellery houses, shine in their pas­sion to ex­cel. Then there’s Shan­tanu Ke­jri­wal of Jung­pana Tea Es­tate, for whom grow­ing tea is an art. Richa Agar­wal pro­motes art with the same fervour to en­sure that it is not only the pre­serve of the rich and elite.

While the Jains of Inox have achieved more with ev­ery pass­ing gen­er­a­tion, we’ve seen third and fourth gen­er­a­tions fal­ter in­creas­ingly of late. Hence, Van­dana Shroff’s trea­tise on suc­ces­sion plan­ning, for­ti­fied by her ex­pe­ri­ence as part­ner in the coun­try’s largest law firm, has great rel­e­vance for Mar­wari, nay all, busi­ness families to­day. Happy read­ing,



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