The outlook for the Indian pharmaceutical industry has never been better given encouraging factors such as a healthy forecasted growth in healthcare spending, rising export demand for India’s (cost-effective) drugs and the ever increasing number of US’ FDA approved manufacturing facilities in India. Among those who
seem best poised to exploit these opportunities is the 5.9 billion dollar Lupin Limited, which has emerged as a market leader under the able stewardship of its chairman, Dr Desh Bandhu Gupta. We have dedicated our cover to this exceptional entrepreneur who enjoys the honour and distinction of building the pharmaceutical mammoth from ground up.
Riding this growth bonanza is yet another Marwari pharmaceutical company, Ajanta Pharma Limited, which has experienced a turnaround under the leadership of brothers Yogesh and Rajesh Agrawal. The company has posted an impressive growth over the past decade and has ambitious plans for the future.
Dr Swati Piramal, though a familiar name in India’s pharma industry as a leading personality in the domestic drug formulation sector, has been in the limelight lately for a different reason altogether: flowers. Read about the versatile Dr Piramal whose endeavours as a botanist, aesthete and naturalist have been directed at enriching the landscape of Thane with the splendour of a million blooms.
For a community known traditionally for its love for enterprise, art surprisingly has been the calling for many. However, instead of being merely art buffs, some have integrated dying art forms with enterprise through humanitarian and revivalist initiatives. We bring you a shining example: Pooja Singhal, a Delhi-based art enthusiast and founder of Ruh (a womenswear brand), who is making a dedicated effort to revive and promote the Pichwai art form of Nathdwara.
Continuing about Marwaris’ growing penchant for art, we have also featured abstract artist Pratik Sharma who has amalgamated his artistic leanings with his passion for cars to create ‘carscapes’, or paintings that depict frontal features of cars so as to give them a face and a personality, depending on the shape and size of each automobile.
Away from the world of enterprise and art, we have covered sportswoman par excellence and Rashtrapati Award winner, Bhakti Sharma, whose numerous swimming feats, including conquering the Seven Seas, have rightfully earned her the Jal ki Rani nickname.
In our tribute section, we have remembered diehard Gandhian, Jamnalal Bajaj, whose many contributions as a patriot, freedom fighter, humanist, social reformer and industrialist continue to transform lives and set examples even today, especially through the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and the mammoth Bajaj Group, which has touched almost every Indian through its manifold offerings.
Delving into the changing perceptions of modern Marwari parents, in our Perspectives section, we have brought you viewpoints of individuals who have opted for non-entrepreneurial and creative fields and how their families have dealt with their career choices.
With all this and more, we bring you yet another interesting issue of Marwar.