The grand old man of spices, ‘Mahashay’ Dharampal Gulati, the owner of the very famous (Mahashian Di Hatti) MDH Masala brand passes away today at the age of 98.
According to reports, for the last few weeks, Dharampal Gulati was undergoing treatment at Chanan Devi Hospital and died today morning due to a cardiac arrest.
A signature red turban and a long pearl necklace, he was the face of all the MDH ads. In 2017, he was the highest-paid consumer goods CEO in India, with an earning of Rs 21 crore as salary, surpassing the industry giants like Sanjiv Mehta of Hindustan Unilever, Adi Godrej and Vivek Gambhir of Godrej Consumer, and YC Deveshwar of ITC. In 2019, he was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third-highest Indian civilian award.
A fifth-grade drop-out, Mr Gulati was born in 1923 in Pakistan’s Sialkot and joined his father, Mr Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati’s spice business at a young age. In 1937, he ventured his own business with his father’s help but failed to stand out. He later joined his father and was famously known as the “Deggi Mirch Wale”.
After partition, he set up his first MDH Company in Delhi’s Karol Bagh and his journey to this mammoth success began. Re-established in 1959 MDH, the company in the present days MDH, the company sells 62 products, available in over 150 different packages. He also crossed national boundaries and has reached worldwide.
“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,” said the grand old man of spices in an interview.
As he passes way today, social media is flooded with nostalgic posts from all over.
R.I.P Mahashay’ Dharampal Gulati!
“Asli masale sach sach