Rasiklal Dhariwal, an industrialist popularly known as the ‘Gutkha Baron’, died on Tuesday following prolonged illness. He died at ther age of 78.
Dhariwal, chairman of Manikchand group of companies, was suffering from cancer.
The industrialist is survived by his wife, son and four daughters.
Sanjay Pathare, medical director, Ruby Hall Clinic informed that Dhariwal was suffering from parotid gland cancer that had spread.
Pathare added that Rasiklal Dhariwal was admitted to the Ruby Hall Clinic and had been in hospital since September 4.
“The cancer had spread extensively and Dhariwal died due to multi-organ failure. He was on the ventilator for 15 days at Ruby Hall. He died of sepsis with multi-organ failure”.
Dhariwal started as a tobacco trader after inheriting the beedi business from his father.
He later became a manufacturer of gutkha and one of the biggest producers of the tobacco product in India.
Dhariwal was embroiled in several controversies for his alleged links with the underworld.
Dhariwal was born in Shirur tehsil of Pune district.
Some journeys are epic tales of persistence, passion and pursuit. The life and times of Rasiklal Manikchand Dhariwal (RMD) is one such tale. An account of how a simple boy from Shirur went on to create one of the country’s largest and most respected business conglomerates – Manikchand Group; his journey is nothing short of legendary.
The birth of a dream
RMD’s journey from a small town to the echelons of business was shaped through fire and brimstone. The loss of his father when he was 14, spurred his entrepreneurial voyage. The values of integrity and compassion his father imbibed in him were his guiding light.
He inherited a Beedi factory with 20 workers from his father, a struggling enterprise which needed a business impetus. Even though at a tender age, his mother’s faith in his capabilities and her sound advice inspired him to continue the business. With no funds and stiff competition from big brands, he took the reins in his own hands and sowed the seeds of an empire that would go on to change the landscape of the business world.
Building blocks of an empire
During the earlier phase of his career he set out to build sufficient capital, by venturing into the stationery business. He added value to this business by hitching rides on Trucks to go to Mumbai and get everything from coal to firecrackers, rangoli, rakhees and transform his shop into a multi-product outlet.
RMD spotted the potential in tobacco products early on. Through a patented self-developed process, his tobacco was packed in vacuum sealed pouches and resulted in consistent quality throughout the year. He marketed his product in and around his hometown by cycling to places as far as 100 kms away. At times he would carry a megaphone around town with his office boy dressed as clown and advertised door to door.
Along the way, he also established a Textile factory at Ahmednagar and even worked as an agent for LIC as well as in the transportation business. He did not spare a single source of income in his pursuit to fuel his dreams.
He further diversified his tobacco business and ventured into Gutkha, personally creating, testing and rejecting several samples until he got it right. With this cutting-edge product, he finally found success and broke the monopoly of the northern states, being the first ever in Maharashtra to go national.
Today, RMD stands tall over an empire that has touched millions of lives. From the tobacco business, he ventured into newer domains. And found success thanks to the same commitment and fire with which he approached everything he did.
For RMD, excellence starts with not being content, and forever staying hungry.
Aiming higher and dreaming bigger, to achieve excellence – is the founding philosophy of the Manikchand Group. Today, after more than six decades, Manikchand Group soars high on its wings of imagination and foresight. Standing at an undisputed position of leadership, we enjoy a unique place of pride amidst the country’s corporate horizon.
Manikchand Group was established with the singular vision of achieving absolute leadership through continuous excellence and steadfast commitment. Today, with a business that encompasses 12 industries, and presence across three continents, the Group has manifested this vision, and is poised to soar even higher.
A dynamic approach, combined with inimitable business acumen, has resulted in a business that encompasses a wide range of products and services; each one a ground-breaking venture. Our business ventures include the revolutionary to the trendsetting; the innovative to the ingenious. We occupy a leadership position in India with one of the widest and varied portfolios across industries.
He always quoted “Success is inevitable for those who dream big and aim high. We at Manikchand Group have always believed in broader imaginations and better innovations. As a group we have always adhered to our ethos of ingrained value systems, good business practices and total transparency in all our deals.
As our vision soars high, and our ventures cross horizons, I cannot help but look back and see what made it all possible. Was it the zealous drive that each of our team members displayed? Or, the unwavering commitment of each individual to deliver beyond expectations? Or, was it the foresight of our torchbearers?
I would like to say that it has been a combination of all the above and more. We have delved into that innate drive in every individual and gave the corporate world a revolution in the form of the Manikchand Group. Our dream and dreams of every person associated with us have taken wings and flown higher and beyond the skies.
Today, the success of our Group stands testimony to our values, dreams, imaginations and innovations. Our drive to do more is none the dimmer. I cannot but take pride in being part of the enormous family that the Manikchand Group is today. And as we add newer stars to our galaxy, I am confident of a lustrous and sparkling future. This, for us, is yet just the beginning!”
The Manikchand Galaxy
The Range of Products and Services
Tobacco, Pan Masala and Mouth Fresheners
Manikchand Roller Flour Mills
Bulk Flour Supply to Industries
Manikchand Promoters & Developers Pvt. Ltd.
Real Estate & Constructions
Dhariwal Industries Ltd.
Wind Energy Solutions
Packaged Drinking Water
Weddings’ and Special Occasions’ Cards, Wrappers, Gift Boxes & Potlis
Offset and Commercial Printing