GOVINDRAM SEKSARIA – THE SAGA OF AN EMIPRE-BUILDER

GOVINDRAM SEKSARIA – THE SAGA OF AN EMIPRE-BUILDER

Author : Minhaz Merchant

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Classification Biography
Pub Date Aug 2019
Imprint Amaryllis
Page Extent 280
Binding Hardcover with jacket
Language English
ISBN 978-93-88241-88-5
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This is a riveting account of the life and work of the Govindram Seksaria ‒ industrialist, philanthropist and a member of the New York Cotton Exchange ‒ and ties together several strands of a seminal period in Indian and World history. Seksaria, lived in a historically defining era, his life straddling epochal events: two world wars, the Great Depression in United States, India's freedom struggle against the British Raj, and the growth of Indian industry.

Seksaria, who was born in a family of small traders, never travelled abroad and spoke neither English nor Hindi ‒ only Marwari, and was at the time of his passing, at age 58, one India's wealthiest businessmen. He donated liberally to the freedom movement and built not only an industrial and trading empire but also hospitals and educational institutions as well. He pioneered girls' education in an era when few others did.

He commanded a large following among industrialists, politicians, traders and friends. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Mahatma Gandhi, at differ times, sought his sage advice. Throughout his extraordinary life in business and philanthropy, Seksaria never gave a press interview or delivered a public speech.

About author

Minhaz Merchant is the biographer of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the late industrialist Aditya Birla, and Larsen & Toubro Chairman, A.M. Naik. He founded the pioneering media firm Sterling Newspapers Pvt. Ltd. which was later acquired  by the  Indian Express group.


 


A widely published newspaper columnist and television commentator, Minhaz's book, The New Clash of Civilizations: How the Conte Between America, China, India and Islam Will Shape Our Century, was published to wide acclaim.