REMEMBERING A KING
Unlike so many illustrious Marwari industrialists whose roles in India’s economic growth continue to be remembered, Govindram Seksaria’s name at best conjures faded memories from a bygone era and largely remains unsung. In remembrance of his many contributions, MARWAR pays tribute to this giant among men.
ASK THE AVERAGE INDIAN, EVEN those from entrepreneurial circles, about the most consequential Marwaris to dominate the business horizon in preindependence India and it is unlikely that there will be any mention of Govindram Seksaria who, despite having earned the sobriquet ‘The Cotton King of the World’, has been all but erased from our collective memory.
Yet this was a man whose influence spanned three continents—a man who was considered one of the brightest stars that ever illuminated the Indian business horizon, whose innate business sense was legendary and whose lifelong commitment to charity and philanthropy is deserving of many adulatory epithets. Here, in fact, was a man who, in his modesty, so much shunned affectation, ostentation and publicity that very few records of his life and contributions exist. All we have today to immortalise his name are mere hearsay from members and associates of the Seksaria clan, especially his grandson, Rajkumar Seksaria (who was barely a year old when Govindram Seksaria breathed his last in 1946), newspaper clippings that date back to the pre-independence era and the edifices of learning he founded, many of which stand tall even today.