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Sad demise of Shri Pratap Bhogilal, Chairman Emeritus

14 August 2014

Shri Pratap Bhogilal
25.10.1916 – 08.08.2014

It is with profound grief that we inform you of the sad demise of our Chairman Emeritus, Shri Pratap Bhogilal. He passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 2014, and till the very end, was active and alert in body and mind.

A traditionalist to the core, Shri Pratap Bhogilal did not break rules. But he broke new ground with his convictions and commitment to the task in hand…to prove that you can rise above the system by reinventing the process…

Though Shri Pratap Bhogilal hailed from a family of highly successful diamond merchants, his father had envisaged a different role for him.  

Shri Pratap Bhogilal made his presence felt in more challenging tasks like raising Batliboi & Company to a position of pre-eminence in the machine tools and related businesses. He also turned Shree Ram Mills into the most modern, best-run and the most profitable mill in Mumbai in the 1960s as its Managing Director.

Shri  Pratap Bhogilal was modern and well-educated and had always strived to live by the same Jain traditions and values which his father and grandfather swore by.  Discipline, patience, hard work, respect for elders, active participation in community work and committed support for the Jain cause without ever losing sight of the national good had been the bedrock of his life.

Jainism had a profound influence on him in the later years, initiated him into practicing Anekantavada, a Jain treatise which propounds that truth has many facets and that others’ way of looking at things could be as valid as yours. 

  • Deccan College, Pune
  • BA – Economics, Elphinstone College, Mumbai
  • Textile Technology from VJTI, Mumbai


Promoter of :
  • Batliboi Ltd.
  • Shree Ram Mills,
  • Hindustan Polymers and other companies

Former Director of :

  • WIPRO Ltd.
  • Bharat Forge Ltd.
  • Automotive Axles Ltd.
  • Investment Corporation of India
  • Bank of India Ltd.

Past Chairman / President of :
  • Bombay Millowners’ Association
  • Bombay Textile Research Association
  • India Merchants’ Chamber


Founder / Promoter of :
  • Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, New Delhi
  • North Gujarat Education Society, Patan, Gujarat
  • Bhagwati International School, Patan
  • World Jain Confederation
  • Vijay Vallabh Smarak, New Delhi
  • Laxmi Education Society, Mumbai
  • Bhogilal Leherchand Foundation, Mumbai
  • Leherchand Uttamchand Trust, Mumbai
  • Motichand  Amirchand Religious & Charitable Trust, Mumbai

Former Trustee  of :
  • Sanjeewan Vidyalaya, Panchgani
  • Mahavir Jain Vidyalaya
  • Veerayatan Vihar