Historic Lineage

Sh. Jamnalal Bajaj

Jamnalal Kaniram Bajaj Trust (JKBT) was established in 1963 in Sikar district, Rajasthan, in the memory of Shri Jamnalal and his father Shri Kaniram Bajaj. Since 2008, JKBT has been working with the community in Sikar for creating an enabled and gender just society which appreciates the need for the judicious use of natural resources. JKBT adopts an integrated approach to resource development and management and has demonstrated ways to improve the wellbeing and quality of life the agrarian community and vulnerable section of the rural society .This approach leads to an equitable and sustainable economic growth ensures household food security, and helps minimize poverty.

Jamnalal Bajaj (1889-1942)

Jamnalal Bajaj was an extraordinary man living in extraordinary times. Front an early age, destiny carved aura unique role for young Jamnalal. The son of father Kaniram Bajaj and mother Birdibai. Jamnalal born at Kashi Ka Bas village near Sikar in 1889. At the age of five, he was adopted by Shri Bachhraj Bajaj, a wealthy merchant in Wardha. Throughout his life, be was a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi who also inspired Jamnalal to initiate Hindusthan Sugar Mills in 1931. Jamnalal' was the founding father of the present-day Bajaj Group of companies. His business interests were the means to a larger and holistic end. Very active during India's freedom struggle. Jamnalal was a philanthropist who delighted in donating most of his wealth for worthy causes and was always more involved in social and philanthropic activities rather than business. He joined in Gandhiji's programmes and India's freedom struggle in 1915. He was elected Treasurer of the (Congress party in 1920. From the very beginning, he was in search of a spiritual mentor he found precisely such a holistic and spiritual philosopher and a wise counsellor in Gandhiji. Gandhiji adopted him as his own son in 1920. Jamnalal had the rare distinction of being regarded by Gandhiji as his own protegiL As inspired by (Gandhiji, he opened the doors of his family temple, the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir at Wardha, to all. including Harijans in 1928. It was the very firs( temple in India to welcome Harijans. Jamnalal made Wardha the centre for Gandhiji's economic and social development programmes. He established the Satyagraha Ashram in Wardha in 1921. He brought Vinoba Bhave to the Wardha Ashram to nurture it into national institution. Jamnalal similarly established the Gandhi Seva Sangh in 1924 to assist families of committed Gandhian workers who participated in the Satyagraha movement. In 1936 Gandhiji wanted to shift to a rural habitat. Jamnalal then offered a large piece of his land in Segaon to built Ashram which is known as Sevagram. Bajajwadi in Wardha was like a home for all eminent national leaders visiting Gandhiji. The meetings of the Congress Working Committee were also frequently held there. The famous Quit India resolution was adopted by the Congress Working Committee at its meeting in Bajajwadi in July 1942. Jamnalal was thus the main pillar of strength to Gandhiji. Gandhi himself admitted that "It was an easy thing for me to rely on Jamnalal' to carry out ray wishes. No one has identified himself so much with every one of my activities as he". In fact, Jamnalal liberally assisted worthy causes as a matter of duty. When Jamnalal passed away in 1942, Gandhi one in the newspaper “Harijan”: "Whenever I wrote of wealthy men becoming the trustees of their wealth for the common good. I always had this merchant prince principally in mind".

Kamalnayan Bajaj (1915 -1972)

Kamalnayan Bajaj. the eldest son of Jamnalal Bajaj, started shouldering family responsibilities from an early age. After completing his education in Cambridge University in England. Kamalnayan returned to India to assist his father Jamnalal, both in business and in social service. He was a strategist and chose not to court arrest. His purpose was to keep himself free to help those actively engaged in the freedom movement. Keenly conscious of the legacy of his reputed family that he had to carry forward, Kamalnayan once wrote to his father. that It is no joke to be the son of a big man." Kamalnayan was a man of strict principles, which he never swensed front. He had earmarked a large portion of the income front his family business for public causes and social service programmes, the mantle of all of which he had inherited from his father. He always had a sense of a larger social mission, transcending the dictates of business and the bottom line. An astute businessman, Kamalnayan envisaged immense potential in India for manufactured textile. But he did not pursue the profit in that business because of the lent commitment of the Bajaj family to kbadi, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Clearly expounding his philosophy and his perspective, Kamalnaya observed, "The various industries I am connected with should generate profit. But if any move on our part goes against national interests, I would condemn land would not be parry to 0, even if it meant a loss in the bargain:' Every new business venture that Kamalnayan got into, eloquently testified to his legendary business acumen. With tremendous foresight and a spirit of zestful enterprise, Kamalnayan acquired ailing industrial units and then miraculously turned them around. He went on to expand the business by branching into manufacture of scooter, three-wheeler, cement,. alloy casting and electricals. Besides being an insightful businessman, Kamalnayan was also a philanthropist driven by the passion for serving society at large. He was elected thrice as a member of the Lob Sabha between 195710 1971 from Wardha constituency in Maharashtra.

Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj: The Bridge (1924 - 1994)

Ramkrishna Bajaj was the younger son of Jamanalal. He became the patriarch of the Bajaj family after the demise of his elder brother Kamalnayan Bajaj in 1972. Ramkrishna looked to Kamalnayan as his mentor. In addition to shouldering business responsibilities, Ramkrishna's energies were largely directed towards the social service and social welfare programmes of the Bajaj Group. He was of the firm conviction that he could make an impactful and meaningful contribution to the community through social work. As a child and a teenager. Ranthrislina was brought up under the direct supervision of Mahatma Gandhi. When Gandhiji initiated the Quit India Movement in 1942, Rarnkrishna was hardly nineteen. Earlier he had courted imprisonment with the permission of the Mahatma. In 1942, there was no need for him to court arrest was a wanted man and was quickly arrested and sent to jail. He spent about three years in jail, where he studied politics, economics, literature and the humanities in general. Ranthrishina had a flair and panache for working with youth. He was elected as the Chairman of World Assembly for Youth (India) in 1961. He also held the office attic Islanaging Trustee atilt: Indian Youth Centres Trust, which conceived and created the Vishwa Yuvak Kendra in 1968, a trail-blazing organization in youth development. Ever the benevolent patriarch, Ramkrishna Bajaj passed away in 1994. Almost a century after Gandhiji made this famous observation, it still holds true. To embrace rural India in our economic reforms is to empower ourselves as a nation. We have always believed in seeding progress at the grass root level. We adopt villages in remote regions to form a larger Parivaar. Today, over 2 million people are within our fold. We work hand-in-hand with kisaans to improve yields and enhance production.

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