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A walk through kolkata’s Amherst Street, or Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani as it is now called, evokes a deep sense of nostalgia. Among its …

It was a twist of fate that launched Ramkrishna Dalmia on the road to success, glory and fame, and it was again the hand of destiny that left him with fragments of the massive industrial empire he had built from nothing. In between all this lies the saga of a financial and entrepreneurial genius whose drive, courage and extraordinary business acumen merits the tribute we pay him.

When Dilip Piramal, the executive chairman of VIP Industries Ltd, took over the business in 1973, the sales figure was R50 lakh. Under his able leadership, the company became the market leader with the current market capital being R1,500 crore. We meet Dilip, who is also the president of Indian Merchants’ Chamber, and wife Shalini Piramal, the president of Indian Merchants’ Chamber Ladies Wing, to know more about their work and life together.

A patriot, a philanthropist and a tireless industrialist committed to achieving unremitting growth, Rai Bahadur Gujarmal Modi was the chief architect of the huge Modi group of companies that had a telling impact on the growth of India’s commerce and industry in the pre and post-Independence years. Honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1968, his vision and dedication to national growth has few parallels. We pay a tribute to the great man whose many contributions continue to be felt a good part of a century later.

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