By Arré Bench Apr. 30, 2020
“MDH uncle”, who otherwise goes by Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, chairman and owner of the renowned spice company, has donated 7,500 PPEs to doctors and nurses in Delhi, a state that’s been struggling with a rising number of coronavirus cases.
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.
Each opportunity to meet @MahashyDharmpal ji is a blessing.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) April 28, 2020
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.
Meanwhile 98 year old Daddu of MDH masala is alive and kicking Corona.😳 pic.twitter.com/xiUcXIm7O9
— Berozgaar (Chota MilkShake) دیپک شکلا🍋🌶️ (@Deep4IND) April 29, 2020
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”.
— Mahashay Dharmpal (@MahashyDharmpal) April 28, 2020
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.
President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Mahashay Dharampal Gulati for Trade & Industry. He is the Chairman of 'Mahashian Di Hatti' (MDH) and an icon in the Indian food industry pic.twitter.com/I109601WsI
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 16, 2019
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.