The owner of MDH ‘Mahashay’ Dharampal Gulati is alive and reports of his death circulating in the media are fake, a video released by the family showed the 96-year-old king of spices saying that he is alright.
On Sunday, a number of reports claimed that the king of spices passed away at a Delhi hospital.
The MDH owner, who is fondly called ‘dadaji’ and ‘Mahashayji’, was born in 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan. A school drop out, Gulati joined his father’s spice business in Sialkot a ..
Pakistan. A school drop out, Gulati joined his father’s spice business in Sialkot and, after partition, moved to India where he opened a shop in Karol Bagh in Delhi.
From there, he built the entire group to one of India’s leading spices manufacturer expanding to 15 factories. Speaking to The Economic Times last year, he said, “My motivation to work is being sincere in product quality sold at affordable prices. And nearly 90% of my salary goes to charity in my personal capacity.”
Even at an age where most of his peers retire, the 96-year-old makes his daily round of factories, markets and dealers including on Sundays until he is satisfied everything is in order in the company where he holds 80% stake.
MDH has offices in Dubai and London. It has more than 60 products but gets a bulk of its sales from three variants – Deggi Mirch, Chat Masala and Chana Masala.
The MDH owner runs a number of educational institutes and a 300-bed super specialty hospital in Delhi.