Poonam Singh

New Delhi: The owner of MDH Masala Dharmpal Gulati passed away on Thursday Morning. He was 98.

Gulati (97) was undergoing treatment at Mata Chanan Devi Hospital where he breathed his last, sources said.

According to reports, he was undergoing post-COVID treatment and suffered a cardiac arrest Thursday morning.

Tributes for the entrepreneur, whose face became synonymous with his brand, poured in on social media platforms.

Saddened by the demise of 'Mahashiyan Di Hatti' (MDH) President Shri Dharampal Gulati ji, who was honoured with Padma Bhushan. He was a well-known personality of the Indian industry. His social service activities are also commendable. My condolences to his family and fans, Kovind tweeted in Hindi.

In a tweet, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “India's most inspiring entrepreneur, MDH owner Dharm Pal Mahashay passed away this morning. I have never met such an inspiring and lively soul. May his soul rest in peace.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also condoled the demise of the entreprenuer.

Popularly known as "Spice King", Gulati was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the country's third-highest civilian award, in 2019.

Born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan) on March 27, 1923, Gulati had moved to India after partition and set up his business in Delhi.

The 'Mahashian Di Hatti' (MDH) was founded by his late father Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati.

Today MDH spices and blends are popular not just in India but also around the world and the products are being exported to the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, South East Asia, Japan, U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia. Company have own offices in London (U.K.) and a state of art manufacturing unit at Sharjah (U.A.E.).