Dharmapala Gulati, Owner of MDH Company Dies, Got Padma Bhushan Last Year

Dharmapala Gulati, Owner of MDH Company Dies

Mahashyam Dharmapala Gulati, the owner of MDH Spices, died of heart attack at the age of 98 on Thursday at 5.30 am. He was undergoing treatment in Delhi for the last three weeks. Mahasya Dharmapala was awarded the Padma Vibhushan last year for his contribution to the industry. He used to run Tanga on the streets of Delhi and then became an Arab businessman.

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Dharampal’s family lived in Sialkot, Pakistan. He was not interested in reading. Father Chunnilal also tried hard, but did not mind. In 1933, he did not even test the fifth and left the books forever. Father put him to work at one place, but did not mind here either. One after the other, he left many jobs. The father was worried, then he opened a spice shop in Sialkot. This was his ancestral business. The shop started moving. It was called Mahashian Di Hatti (Monsieur Shop) in Punjabi. That is why his company was named its short form MDH.

India Came From Pakistan

Monsieur Dharampal Gulati was born on 27 March 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan and it was from here that the foundation of his spice business was laid. The company started with a small shop in the city, which his father started before partition. However, at the time of partition of the country in 1947, his family shifted to Delhi.

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Came to India in 1947, Stayed in the Refugee Camp

Popularly known as ‘Dadji’, ‘Masala King’, ‘King of Spices’ and ‘Mahashaji’, Dharampal Gulati was born in 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan. Dharmapala Gulati, who left school midway, got involved in his father’s spice business in the early days. After partition in 1947, Dharampal Gulati immigrated to India and stayed in a refugee camp in Amritsar.

First Store Opened in Karol Bagh, Delhi

He then moved to Delhi and opened a store in Karol Bagh, Delhi. Gulati officially established the company in 1959. This business spread not only in India but also in the world. This made Gulati a distributor and exporter of Indian spices.

90 Percent of Salary was Donated

Gulati’s company exports Indian spices to various parts of the world including Britain, Europe, UAE, Canada etc. In 2019, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian honor. According to MDH Masala, Dharampal Gulati used to donate about 90 percent of his salary.

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