Kasturbhai Lalbhai

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Kasturbhai Lalbhai

Born: 19 December 1894

Died: 20 January 1980

  • He was an Indian industrialist and philanthropist.
  • He co-founded the Arvind Mills along with his brothers and several other institutes.
  • He was a co-founder of the Ahmadabad Education Society which initiated Ahmedabad University and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
  • He served as the chairman of historic and influential Anandji Kalyanji Trust that manages Shatrunjaya and several other Jain pilgrimage centers, for 50 years.
  • He was elected in Central Legislative Assembly in December 1923.
  • During his three-year term, he was involved in lobbying for Indian industries including repeal of excise duty on textiles.
  • During the 1930s, he came close with Mahatma Gandhi and helped him in the Swadeshi movement which boycotted foreign goods and promoted local industries.
  • He was also indulged in the negotiation of taxes with British for Indian textiles during the economic depression of the 1930s.

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