Amritlal Hargovinddas

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Amritlal Hargovinddas (29 August 1889 – 12 December 1964) was a noted industrialist, textile mill owner and philanthropist from Ahmedabad, India.

Life-sketch[edit]

He was born in 1899 in a Khadayata Vania family of Vaishnav parents. He did B. Com and L.L.B degrees and started his career as lawyer in firm of Bhaishankar Kanga. But later joined his family business of money-lending (Mahajan) on request of his father.[1]

He quickly learned the ropes of business and soon became one of the leading industrialists of Ahmadabad and a textile mill owner and also later served as president of the Ahmadabad Textile Mill Owners Association, as chairman of Gujarat State Industrial Finance Corporation and various other organizations.[2] He held close friendship and association with another textile magnate of the town, Kasturbhai Lalbhai, and both later joined together for many philanthropic works for the town, especially in field of education. Amritlal Hargovinddas was responsible for bringing truce between Katurbhai Lalbhai and Vadilal Lallubhai Mehta, both business rivals.[3] He also had very close friendly relations with national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Kanhaiyalal Munshi and others and donated freely for national purpose.[4]

During the drought of 1917 in Gujarat and the floods of 1927, Sheth Amritlal Govinddas spent his money for the help of poor and needy.[1] Later on he joined with Sheth Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Shri Ganesh Mavlankar to start the Ahmadabad Education Society in 1936, which later evolved into the Gujarat University.[5] Further, he and his brother Shri Tribhovandas Hargovandas gave a donation in 1936 in memory of their father Shri Hargovandas Lakshmichand to start this college named H. L. College of Commerce. Further, he donated Rs. 500,000 in 1946, upon request of Sardar Patel and K. M. Munshi to establish Sheth Bansilal Amritlal College of Agriculture at Anand.[6][7] and later a sum of 15 lakhs to start a Medical College. Also he later donated money to start hospital now named the Smt. Maniben Amritlal Hargovindas Government Ayurvedic Hospital.

He spent most of his wealth on charities and philanthropy. He died in 1964 at Ahmadabad at an age of 75.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Amrut Samipe by Ratilal Deepchand Desai, 1983, pp:405 Gujarat na Sukh Dukh na Sathi, Sheth Mahajan Shree Amritlal Hargovinddas
  2. ^ Link - Volume 5, Issues 1-25 - Page 15
  3. ^ Business Legends by Gita Piramal. 1999. p. 345. 
  4. ^ Inside story of Sardar Patel: the diary of Maniben Patel, 1936–50 - Page 337
  5. ^ Ahmadabad Education Society Archived 27 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Census of India, 1961: Gujarat. India. Office of the Registrar General. 1967. p. 188. 
  7. ^ In September 1946, Sheth Amritlal Hargovindas, a philanthropic millowner of Ahmedabad, offered a donation of Rs. 5 lakhs for starting a College of Agriculture