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dated April 9, 1953: Walchand Hirachand passes away

Veteran industrialist Walchand Hirachand (71) passed away in Sidhpur in Gujarat on the 8th. A Jain, Mr. Hirachand and his wife had been on pilgrimage for a month and a half. He took ill with fever in Sidhpur and the end followed. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, and three brothers. A number of organisations closed down in Bombay when the news of Mr. Hirachand's death reached them. Mr. Hirachand's father, coming from a trading community, migrated to Sholapur from Saurashtra in the middle of the 19th century. Walchand was born, and went to school, there. His later education was in Bombay and Poona. After taking his degree, the young Walchand joined a construction firm. Soon he was invited to join a Tata construction firm as one of its chief executives. As an engineering contractor, Mr. Walchand specialised in constructing tunnels and bridges for the Railways. Grand bridges across the Ganges and the Brahmaputra testified to his skill. The Bhor Ghat railway tunnels through the Western ranges between Bombay and Poona were another achievement commended as quite a feat. After World War I, in association with Mr. Narotham Morarji he launched the Scindia Steam Navigation Company. By dint of his tireless efforts coastal shipping became a largely Indian industry, despite stiff competition from foreign firms. He headed the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and many other organisations. Mr. C.H. Master, a former General Manager of Scindia Shipping and ex-president of FICCI, said in a tribute "Among those who built modern industrial India, Mr. Walchand Hirachand will occupy a place of great distinction. As founder and architect of Indian shipping, his name will be enshrined in history in letters of gold. It is difficult to find a more distinguished and dynamic apostle of private enterprise, or a more fearless crusader in protecting the rights of Indians against the ruthless onslaught of foreigners".

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