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Jamnalal Bajaj

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Jamnalal Bajaj

Born: 4 November 1889

Died: 11 February 1942

  • He was an Indian industrialist, philanthropist, and Indian independence fighter.
  • He founded the Bajaj Group of companies in the 1920s, and the group now has 24 companies, including six that are listed on the bourses.
  • He was also a close and beloved associate of Mahatma Gandhi, who is known to have often declared that Jamnalal was his fifth son.
  • During the First World War, the British government appeased and honored native tradesmen, soliciting funds.
  • They appointed Jamnalal an honorary magistrate.
  • When he provided money for the war fund, they conferred on him the title of Rai Bahadur, a title he later surrendered during the non-co-operation movement of 1921.
  • He was named the president of Gandhi Seva Sangha, a group of workers who dedicated their time to constructive work.
  • Several institutions in India bear his name, including the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.
  • A locality, JB Nagar, in the sub-urban Andheri in Mumbai has been named after him.
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award was established in 1978 by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and is given away each year on his birth anniversary.
  • He was later elected a member of the Congress Working Committee and as the treasurer of Congress in 1933.

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