Marwar - - Editor's Note -

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.



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