THE MARWARI COMMUNITY
is replete with illustrious names, be they pioneering business leaders, nationalists, towering personalities, humanists or devotees of art and culture. Often unsung, to give them the prominence they deserve, MARWAR was launched over a couple of decades ago and has been since delighting readers with inspiring profiles, culture stories, photo essays and insightful articles on them and their home state Rajasthan.
The Indian industry has commendably extended its footprint to almost every corner of the globe today, but way back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it was still at its nascence, with pioneering entrepreneurs and industrialists struggling against all odds under a biased British system, to lay the foundations of a home industry, spurred by nationalistic fervour. Remembering these committed, dauntless founding fathers of Indian enterprise and their immense contribution to national growth, MARWAR has been featuring the most outstanding among them through a series of tribute stories, written by Joseph Rozario, over the last few years.
Hugely inspirational and informative, these stories in effect constitute a glowing chapter of Marwari heritage and are worthy of being told and retold, in view of which MARWAR has crystallised them in a coffeetable book titled A Tribute to Titans: The Founding Fathers of Marwari Enterprise, which was launched at a glittering ceremony last September in Mumbai. It has now been ceremoniously presented in Delhi also, with equal fervour and fanfare. The event, titled MARWAR Tribute Night, was hosted by the editor of MARWAR, Maneck Davar (who also is the chairman of Spenta Multimedia Pvt Ltd and the publisher of MARWAR), on March 16, 2018, at The Oberoi, Delhi with over 150 guests, constituting the crème de la crème of the city in attendance.
The evening’s programme began with anchor Ambreen Khan (who heads the corporate communications wing of The Indian Express, New Delhi) formally welcoming the guests and inviting renowned folk musician Kutle Khan and his team of musicians, The Kutle Khan Project, on the podium, who set the tone of the evening with a passionate rendition Rajasthani folk music.
Next up was a welcome speech by host Maneck Davar, who began by welcoming the guests and thanking VN Dalmia, Raian and Manik Karanjawala and Deepshikha Khaitan for extending their support to ensure the success of the event. Speaking about A Tribute to Titans, he lauded Marwaris for their mercantile spirit, especially the larger-than-life personalities who have been featured in the book, who despite being largely unlettered, had taken their uncanny financial ability, their risktaking ability, their ability to do hard work and their never say die spirit to every corner of the country, in the pursuit of success.
Anirudha Taparia, Executive Director, IIFL Wealth Management Ltd, took over the podium next. As the top wealth management company in the country, he expressed IIFL Wealth Management's privilege to share stage with a community synonymous with wealth creation. He also thanked MARWAR for organising the event to honour the Marwari community.
The much-awaited panel discussion followed next, where eminent panellists spoke and debated on the topic ‘How Relevant is Tradition to Marwaris Today’. Among them were Harsh Pati Singhania, the vice chairman and managing director of JK Paper Ltd; Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is a Member of Parliament, a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress and a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India; Minaakshi Dass, the founder and CEO of India Heritage Desk; Gaurav Dalmia, the chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings; and Anirudha Taparia. The event was moderated by Aman Nath, who is an author and the founder and chairman of Neemrana Hotels. The stimulating discussion revolved around interesting viewpoints of the panellists which we have highlighted in a separate section that follows.
The panel discussion gave way to the actual presentation of A Tribute to Titans: The Founding Fathers of Marwari Enterprise, which saw Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, join Maneck Davar, Anirudha Taparia and the participants of the panel discussion on the podium to formally present the book, together with the guests, who held up their personal copies amidst thunderous applause. It made for a grand spectacle which served as a befitting finale to the memorable evening that concluded with a gala dinner.
Shobhana Bhartia with Maneck Davar
Gaurav Dalmia with Minaakshi Dass
Suryakant Jaipuria (left) with Nidhipati Singhania Anirudha Taparia Nand Khemka Shyam Bagri
The panel discussion in progress
Guests holding up their copies of ATributetoTitans during the presentation of the book Sheela and Rajesh Agarwal
Rekha and Siddharth Modi Salesh Grover (right) with Prem Dewan Ambreen Khan (left) with Neena Prasad Amita and Shashank Raizada