Rahul Bajaj Death Reactions: Tributes Pour In For ‘Hamara Bajaj’

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Pune, 13th February 2022: “Rahul Bajaj Ji will be remembered for his noteworthy contributions to the world of commerce and industry”, “A doyen of Indian industry, he was passionate about its priorities. His career reflected the rise and innate strength of the nation’s corporate sector”, is how prominent personalities, led by President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi, mourned the passing away of industrialist
Rahul Bajaj (83), former chairman of Bajaj Group, on Saturday.

He had pneumonia and also a heart problem. He passed away yesterday at Ruby Hall Clinic.

“It is with deep sorrow that I inform you about the passing away of Rahul Bajaj, husband of the late Rupa Bajaj and father of Rajiv and Deepa, Sanjiv and Shefali and Sunaina and Manish. He passed away on the afternoon of February 12, 2022, in the presence of his closest family members,” said a statement from Bajaj group.

He will be cremated today evening at Vaikunth crematorium in Pune.

The President and the Prime Minister led the tributes for Bajaj.

“Saddened to learn of Shri Rahul Bajaj’s demise. A doyen of Indian industry, he was passionate about its priorities. His career reflected the rise and innate strength of the nation’s corporate sector. His death leaves a void in the world of industry. My condolences to his family”, President Kovind wrote on Twitter.

Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Shri Rahul Bajaj Ji will be remembered for his noteworthy contributions to the world of commerce and industry. Beyond business, he was passionate about community service and was a great conversationalist. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and friends. Om Shanti.”

Prakash P. Chhabria, Chairman, Finolex Industries Ltd, said, “It saddens me greatly to hear the loss of Rahul uncle, a good friend of my late father Shri PP Chhabria. A friendship that has extended over three generations of our families. Which makes it not just a loss to the corporate world, and the nation, but also a personal loss to me. His achievements are numerous, and as many as we list they will still not cover all that he has achieved in his lifetime. He empowered the common man with the forward-looking and imaginative product for its time – the rickshaw. Creating a household name that found respect across the globe. My wife Ritu adds that uncle’s philanthropic work has made a difference across communities. But there is more than just this that makes him extra special to me. Every interaction I had with him was enjoyable, while also pushing me out of my comfort zone. His incisive questions made me think hard, long after I left his presence. Some questions caught me totally off-guard. And he would always follow up on his questions the next time I met him. Eager to know my thoughts and progress. This dynamic, yet gentle soul has left us with a rich legacy. A legacy of his brand, of his ideas and ideals, and the legacy of the next generation of Rajiv and Sanjiv. Carrying his legacy into the future.”

Ritu Prakash Chhabria, Managing Trustee, Mukul Madhav Foundation, said, “A very sad day today. We have lost a very eminent member of not only Pune but India. He was a great business leader, our guide, and philosopher. Rahul Bajaj was a legend in so many ways. His contribution in the automobile industry and social sector is remarkable and inspiring to all of us.”

Praddyumna Bapat, CEO of CastIndia.in, said, “Rahul Bajaj was one of India’s greatest visionaries. In Indian folklore, his eponymous campaign is known as ‘Hamara Bajaj’. Campaigns like his are sought after by every member of the advertising industry.”

Dr. Pramod Chaudhari, Founder & Executive Chairman, Praj Industries, said, “We have lost the doyan of the automobile industry. Rahul Bajaj’s pioneering contributions have helped position India on top of the two-wheeler industry globally. He demonstrated that the productivity and quality of products from India are world-class. As a multi-faceted person with diverse interests, Bajaj has been a source of inspiration for all industrialists, especially those from Pune. As a strong proponent of liberalisation, he candidly voiced issues about Industrial growth very effectively. Besides providing a strong foundation he leaves behind a legacy and institution in both the financial and automobile sector.”

“Demise of Rahul Bajaj has taken a heavy toll on Indian industry and the country. We lost the visionary industrialist who gave a new dimension to the Indian automotive industry. Bajaj was known as a person who took the industry to new heights and gave direction. Along with industrial contribution, his social & philanthropy work was inspirational”, said Rajesh Rathi, Managing Director, Sudarshan Chemicals Industries.