Hav­ing re­bounded re­mark­ably from the eco­nomic cri­sis of 2008, the global au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has been on a roll. Mar­ket an­a­lysts now pre­dict

Marwar - - Editor's Note - Ma­neck Davar Edi­tor

bet­ter times for the in­dus­try—a trend re­flected by Au­rangabad-based Var­roc Group, which has reg­is­tered al­most 20 per cent YoY growth to post sales of `10,300 crore in FY 16-17. We have fea­tured the head of the au­to­mo­tive com­po­nent giant, Tarang Jain, on our cover, who plans to take his rapidly ex­pand­ing global busi­ness to a `20,000 crore en­tity by 2020.

This is­sue of Mar­war also echoes the un­canny abil­ity of Mar­waris to turn their hands to any busi­ness and turn it into a huge suc­cess. A case in point is mil­lion­aire Ritesh Agar­wal of OYO, a col­lege dropout, who has built In­dia’s largest on­line net­work of branded ho­tels that of­fers 70,000 rooms in 200 cities to trav­ellers. In yet an­other ex­am­ple of Mar­waris’ unique abil­ity to build busi­nesses, Kam­lesh Gupta of the West­Coast Group has rev­o­lu­tionised the frozen seafood in­dus­try with his ac­quired ex­per­tise for prawn hatch­eries—an unusual field for a strict veg­e­tar­ian.

Build­ing busi­nesses may be rel­a­tively easy for Mar­waris, but keep­ing them well-oiled and run­ning calls for com­pli­ance with the le­gal frame­work that gov­erns them. Here too Mar­waris have not lagged be­hind. In out trib­ute sec­tion, we have fea­tured the cen­tury-old Kolkata-based law firm, Khai­tan & Co, whose found­ing fa­thers con­tinue to be re­mem­bered as icons of the le­gal fra­ter­nity in the back­drop of the un­in­ter­rupted growth and suc­cess of the il­lus­tri­ous law firm.

Pub­lic art plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in so­ci­ety by in­spir­ing, in­trigu­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing and pro­vok­ing the com­mu­nity it is cre­ated for. In an in­spir­ing ar­ti­cle, we bring you in­dus­tri­al­ist Harsh Goenka’s de­vo­tion to art and his ef­forts to change this space by set­ting up art in­stal­la­tions across Mum­bai that re­flect the city and its spirit, through his RPG Art Foun­da­tion.

Not­with­stand­ing its crush­ing pop­u­la­tion and in­creas­ing in­stances of man-an­i­mal con­flicts, In­dia’s wildlife preser­va­tion ef­forts have been suc­cess­ful and ex­em­plary. In this di­rec­tion, read about Ra­jasthan’s ef­forts to pro­tect the leop­ard by be­com­ing the first state in In­dia to launch a project to pro­tect the spot­ted cat by mit­i­gat­ing con­flicts with hu­mans and con­trol­ling poach­ing.

The In­dian me­dia in­dus­try—where the Mar­wari com­mu­nity’s con­tri­bu­tion once again re­mains un­matched—went into mourn­ing to­gether with the rest of the na­tion on April 12 af­ter it lost one of its bright­est minds with the sad demise of Ramesh Chan­dra Agar­wal. In an obit­u­ary, we have hon­oured the man who is cred­ited with turn­ing the Dainik Bhaskar Group, or DB Corp as it is now known, into one of the most suc­cess­ful me­dia houses of the na­tion. With all this and more, we bring you an­other stim­u­lat­ing is­sue of Mar­war.

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