– THE MAN WITH A MISSION
industrialist and successful entrepreneur, Shri Hiranand was
born on 4th October, 1923 in the town of Digri (Sind) to the
parents, Shri Ratanchand and Smt. Sitabai. After passing matriculation
in 1941, he joined his father’s business in Dubai in 1942
at the age of 18. Dubai was then a small sleepy desert port
town and he found life very dull and uneventful. Due to the
second world war the business became dull and people used to
doze their time away. As he had mechanical bent of mind and
as that time radio technology was fast evolving, he decided
to educate himself of this subject through correspondence course
from U.S.A. He worked very hard and learned electronics, telecommunication
as well as practical radio repair. People around him scoffed
at him but with a positive mind he progressed with firm determination
and passed the test.
partition his father had started real estate business in Karachi
and made some notable gains but the family migrated to Bombay
(India) in penury as refugees in 1947. Hiranand approached B.O.A.C.
for a job in electronics and telecommunication. His hard studies
and gainful knowledge came in handy and he was hired to repair
the complicated equipment of aircraft. In one month he so excelled
himself that the company put him in charge of qualified graduate
technicians to man the communication system at Bahrain Airport.
Here he gained considerable experience and self confidence.
had vast vision. He opened a shop in Bahrain and called his
younger brother, Kishin, to man it. In due course, he resigned
his job in B.O.A.C. and plunged fully in business. He obtained
agencies of well known European/Japanese companies dealing in
radios, cameras, tape recorders, electronic equipments, watches
and other appliances. His business spread and he opened branches
in Dubai and Kuwait. Soon he started a joint venture, Tokyo
clock manufacturing company, to manufacture orient clocks. He
boldly took over a sick unit of Bifora Urhen (Watch Co.) in
Germany and effectively turned it into success and profitable.
To fulfil his long standing dream, he opened a watch factory
in Bangalore in the year 1984/85. He had offices in Tokyo, Hong
Kong, U.S.A., Germany and throughout middle east. He was awarded
“man of the year” in horological industry.
Hiranand by nature was humble, serene, modest and compassionate.
He was a philanthropist par excellence and had promoted many
social and charitable objectives. He loved his community and
was ready to support any worthy cause. In post partition days,
he donated handsome amounts so that our institutions should
stabilize, grow and have their own platforms and premises for
integrity, identity and service. In 1973/74 when Shewa Fund
was in dire need of money for the construction of the present
building, he came to its rescue and donated large amount to
tide over crisis. His philanthropic activity was expansive.
He helped financially Dada Sewak to establish International
Balkan-Ji-Bari to serve the cause of downtrodden adivasis in
order to raise their living standards and provide them modern
facilities. His wife, Tarabai, was the trustee. He has donated
large pieces of land to Ramakrishna Mission in Tokyo (Japan)
and Seatle (U.S.A.) for construction of their Ashrams. He helped
many worthy causes but shunned publicity and considered his
foremost duty to serve the society. Due to his humility, he
never aspired for name or fame. Recently Shri Hiranand and his
brother Lalchand combined had donated sum of Rs. 11,00,000/-
to Shri Dayanand Vidyalaya High School, Charkop-Kandivli, for
construction of one thousand seater auditorium (Public Hall).
Hiranand had travelled worldwide but still remained a staunch
teetotaller, vegetarian and non-smoker. His ambition was to
open vocational training centres and correspondence courses
so that younger generation become more practical in life and
be self-supporting, thereby helping community’s growth.
by Late Shri MULJI GANDHI
Courtesy Sampark – November 1994 to March 1995 Issue