THE MAR­WARI COM­MU­NITY

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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

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