Marwar - - Book Excerpt -

If the Mar­waris’ fore­sight and en­tre­pre­neur­ial lead­er­ship won them a name, their phi­lan­thropy en­deared them to all. They were truly great and acted from pas­sion. They founded nu­mer­ous aca­demic, sci­en­tific, in­dus­trial and eco­nomic re­search in­sti­tu­tions. If char­ity was their pas­sion, hu­man­ity was their re­li­gion.

They be­lieved that money, which they earned from so­ci­ety, must go back to so­ci­ety. They even had a pop­u­lar say­ing stat­ing that when you do­nate from the right hand, the left hand should not be aware about it. Ac­cord­ing to their phi­los­o­phy, ‘Noth­ing is ours; what­ever God gave us has to be re­turned back to him.’ For them the quan­tum of do­na­tions was unim­por­tant; it was the act it­self that was im­por­tant. They be­lieved that the in­ten­tion of giv­ing should not be to gain fame; if it was then its value would be de­creased to half and if one gained the fame then its value be­came one-fourth.

Left: A busy Mar­wari gaddi where four gen­er­a­tions are seen work­ing in uni­son. A photo of the great grand­fa­ther on the wall seems to shower bless­ings on them. Mar­wari gad­dis were pop­u­lar through­out the coun­try and ac­knowl­edged as a sym­bol of the so­cial...

Be­low: Seth Kan­ha­ialal Pod­dar and Chi­ran­ji­lal Bagla sit side by side in their el­e­gant and tra­di­tional Mar­wari at­tire. Both played a piv­otal role in busi­ness and so­cial wel­fare, while sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing other Mar­wari busi­ness­men in trade and...

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