“MDH Uncle” Has Stepped Out of Meme Pages to Donate 7,500 PPEs to Health Workers in Delhi

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“MDH Uncle” Has Stepped Out of Meme Pages to Donate 7,500 PPEs to Health Workers in Delhi

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Over the last few days, a face usually seen on meme pages, and deep in the recesses of every Indian kitchen, graced social media timelines once again.

“MDH uncle” who otherwise goes by Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, and whose face needs no introduction, has donated 7,500 PPEs to doctors and nurses in Delhi, a state that’s been struggling with a rising number of coronavirus cases.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia tweeted his appreciation for the gesture, saying that it had given Delhi “hope and strength” in these trying times.

Usually known for blessing marriages and showering affection on children in TV ads, the chairman and owner of the renowned spice company also won hearts by making a “generous” contribution to the Delhi relief fund set up for Covid-19 patients.

The 95-year-old later surprised fans who didn’t know he had his own Twitter account, by retweeting Sisodia, and thanking him for accepting his “little offering”.

Apart from gracing meme pages and commercials, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati is a Padma Bhushan awardee with an inspiring rags-to-riches story. Born in Sialkot in 1923, before the country was partitioned, he dropped out of school after Class V, and went on to start 18 factories in India and Dubai, and distribute his spices across the world.

In 2017, he was said to be the highest-paid CEO in India’s FMCG market. Today he’s ensured that he’ll be remembered as fondly for his generosity as his business acumen.

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