Dharampal Gulati, the founder of one of India’s iconic spice brand MDH, has passed away at the age of 98 at a hospital in Delhi. He suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday morning before passing away at 5.30 AM.
Born in Sialkot in 1923, Gulati, popularly known as Mahashay ji, had moved to India after the country’s partition in 1947. He opened a small shop in Delhi’s Karol Bagh before launching his own brand, the MDH, which later became India’s top spice brand. Gulati was often seen fronting the TV commercials of his brand.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “I am saddened by the demise of Dharampal Mahashay, who was one of the most respected businessmen of India. He made his own identity despite starting from a small business. He was also active in social work.
Reacting to his death Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, tweeted, “India’s most inspiring entrepreneur, MDH owner Dharm Pal Mahashay passed away this morning. I have never met such an inspiring and lively soul. May his soul rest in peace.”
Sisodia’s boss, Arvind Kejriwal, tweeted, “Dharm Pal ji was very inspiring personality. He dedicated his life for the society. God bless his soul.”
In 2019, he was conferred with Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award of India.