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Scottish & Newcastle ) were brought in. Phenomenal share holder value was unlocked. Similarly , in the case of McDowell and Co. We held shares in Carew and Co. ( merged with McDowell ) . The struggle with Chhabrias for control of Shah Wallace brought forth the fighter in Vijay Mallya.
Around 1985,in AGM of Punjab Breweries when I asked top UB brass , as to how they found Vijay Mallya. The reply was that Vijay was simply a genius of a businessman .It is , rightly , said Duniya Mein Sikandar Koi Nahin . Par Waqt Sikandar Hota hai.
November 22, 2016
Vijay Mallya and Sir Dorabji Tata - Comparison
Vijay Mallya had adequate resources to rescue Kingfisher .Vijay should follow the noble precedent set by Sir Dorabji Tata, when Sir Dorabji pledged his wife's Jewelery , to pay salaries to Tata Steel workers.
Please read this from Tata`s Official Site :-
Sir Dorab`s commitment to his father`s vision and values was so strong that he staked his personal fortune to save the steel venture when, in 1924, it slipped into trouble. His business sense and audacity had seen the company undertaking a five-fold expansion programme in the post-World War I period. Spiralling costs combined with transport and labour difficulties in the West upset Sir Dorab’s calculations. At about this time, the company’s largest pig iron customer, Japan, was struck by an earthquake and steel prices tumbled.
It got to a point when there was not enough money to pay his workers’ wages. Sir Dorab pledged his entire personal fortune worth, about Rs1 crore and including his wife’s personal jewellery, to obtain a loan. Tata Iron and Steel secured support from unexpected quarters — among those backing the company were Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the future leaders of independent India and Pakistan — and it survived the crisis.
My Memories :-
At the Court convened meeting of shareholders for merger of Punjab Breweries with United Breweries I put forth a point that Post merger , Ludhiana factory be , always , referred as United Breweries ( Unit Punjab Breweries ,Ludhiana ) so that the word Punjab always remains. I have never taken liquor. But when ever , around Punjab , I see a Bottle of Kingfisher Beer , I read ( now with Specs ) on the label the words Unit Punjab Breweries.
July 28, 2021
Mallya story below.
The views are my own .