Tribute - Bhavarlal H. Jain

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With immense grief and unparalleled sadness we inform that our beloved Founder Chairman Shri Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain (Age 79) passed away on 25th February 2016, after a brief illness at a hospital in Mumbai.
He was a man of small ideas which created big revolutions. He practiced what he preached and he built his entire business on a foundation of inclusiveness and sustainability over the last five decades.
He believed small farmers are entrepreneurs and they must get dignity as well as higher income. He toiled hard to ensure the same to over 5 million farmers. He was a visionary and "Karmayogi". We pledge to walk on the path envisioned by him forever.
The small town entrepreneur who established a billion dollar, rural, multinational corporation. A spirited champion of the small farmer; whom he saw as nobly toiling in the face of all adversity. A committed environmentalist and compassionate social worker - is no more!
Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain, ‘Bhau’ to all his innumerable friends & associates, passed away after a brief illness in Mumbai on 25th February 2016.
How can mere words describe this multifaceted man? A son of the soil, who by sheer dint of hard work, bravely facing penury, rose to head the world’s second largest drip irrigation company. Whose pioneering work in the farming sector is unparalleled by any single individual in this country’s history. Who brought the latest and most relevant technology to the small and marginal farmers and always ensured that all his business was done ethically and with a conscience. That whatever technology was brought, could be adapted for small farm holdings. Further, he constantly innovated with these technologies to make them affordable and within their reach.
A man who never shied away from work, a man who genuinely believed that there was nothing better than to work for a person. Not doing anything was anathema to him. If it was not work in the JISL factory, or the R&D farm, then it was social work. Education was very close to his heart. He believed in nurturing the young with good education and sound values. Values that have stood the test of time, but are slowly and surely being eroded by the influence of Western culture on our youth.
The residential school, Anubhuti that he established in Jalgaon, followed modern teaching methods, curriculum and offered an international quality of education, but retained many Indian customs & values seen in our Gurukul.
He firmly believed that economic conditions should not prevent deserving children from getting a good education. This prompted him to start another school for children whose parents live below the poverty line. Today hundreds of bright youngsters, provided with free education, books, wholesome meals and all other necessities, bear witness to the faith he reposed in them and are blooming in their new environment.
His diminutive stature belied the immense reserves of strength that the man had. Seven heart attacks, two bypass surgeries, an angioplasty and cerebral stroke did not deter him from working an eight or ten hour day. Be it building and running of the Anubhuti School or the mammoth Gandhi Research Foundation. The latter he set up not just because he personally believed in the Mahatma’s teachings but also to ensure that the younger generation never forgets him or the timeless message of his life’s work.
A much sought after public speaker, he would hold his audience spellbound with his knowledge & eloquence on various subjects - be they work related, political or social. Without as much as a scrap of paper as an aide memoire, his prodigious memory could recall data, events or recount anecdotes and stories to enthrall, entertain or captivate his audiences.
Speaking extempore with such erudition and passion on agriculture for nearly an hour at the Harvard Business School during his last visit to the US, prompted Prof. Ray A. Goldberg, (George M. Moffett Professor of agriculture and business, Emeritus) calling him his brother! The professor later visited Jain Irrigation, Jalgaon with a delegation that included other professors and the Dean of Harvard Business School. The HBS today uses Jain as a case study for their graduate program.
There were so many subjects that he was committed to that he has written several books on them. His book on the ills of social structure written 20 years ago is as relevant today as it was then.
His book on his experiments and learnings with watershed management could well be used as a textbook by students and by the general public as the subject is so pertinent and his observations so simple to understand. His unique style of management has a thriving sustainable corporation, employing 10,000 associates, seamlessly working across five continents. This is reflected in his books - "An Entrepreneur Deciphered" & "The Enlightened Entrepreneur".
Perhaps the most touching story "Tee ani Mee", written in Marathi, Hindi & English on the relationship with his wife, stops from being just a charming sentimental account of his life with her, because of the underlying message that is woven skillfully into the narrative. A message of direction, a message of hope & encouragement to young couples entering matrimony. The book is in its third edition and has sold more than 1,20,000 copies in a few years.
Bhau’s unflagging energy has always amazed his younger colleagues and contemporaries. He was ever ready to adopt new technologies and enter new ventures. Particularly ventures that had a social impact and would benefit society. It was his company’s avowed policy to never get into any business that preyed upon the weaknesses or addictions of others. No matter how profitable they may be! Thus there was always an effort to do business that would have a positive impact on society - particularly the weaker sections of society.
His work & concern for the environment had its roots in the tenets of Jainism, which teaches one to protect and live in tune with nature. His herculean task of transforming Jain Hills and its environs into a fertile green paradise included planting millions of trees. Trees that were not just planted and abandoned to fend for them, but watered, nurtured and cared for. These efforts converted tracts of barren land into swathes of green and brought hectares of arid fallow land under cultivation.
Bhau’s sterling work on rainwater harvesting, watershed management and conservation is a landmark in the history of agriculture in this arid region of Khandesh. This and his contribution to agriculture have led universities to bestow four honorary doctorates and have won him numerous national and international awards. The prestigious Crawford Reid Award for promoting proper irrigation techniques has been given to only two Asians till date. More recently the nation recognized his work and awarded him the Padma Shri in 2008. He set up a huge Agri-Institute at Jain Hills with a faculty of agronomists and doctorates to train farmers from all over India and abroad on the latest farming methods.
He established one of the finest biotech labs, doing research in various fields of agriculture. A few years ago this resulted in one of the most socially impactful ventures-tissue culture banana, strawberry and pomegranate plantlets. Here again farmers from across the country have seen their incomes grow exponentially because of the phenomenal yield from these plants. Such thinking had elevated him to be considered a thought leader internationally.
As we bid farewell to this towering visionary, our hearts are gladdened with the thought that even if he is no more with us, we inherit his legacy of tireless work and love for the environment, which he has planted in each and every one of us.

Dnyan Mayur
USA

THE BEAUTY OF INDIA
The Second Green Revolution
Watching the Republic Day Parade this morning. The beauty of India’s rich and diverse cultures is visible in one place in all its splendor in the colorful pageantry of the human kaleidoscope that is this spectacle.
As I continue to explore this amazing land, there is unmatched beauty to be found in its people and their traditional performing arts of classical music and dance, magnificent historic monuments, revered places of worship, gorgeous national parks and their varied flora and fauna and, of course, in the country’s incomparable gastronomic delights. And then there is the advent of technology visible in the ubiquitous mobile phones and IT parks, space missions and, certainly in the continued promise of the demographic dividend that is expected from its population more than half of which is below the age of thirty. And yet, despite all this, India is and remains an essentially agrarian society with more than seventy percent of its population living in rural areas and engaged in agricultural activities.
Happily, great things are happening in India in this most important part of the national economy thanks to the imagination and pioneering work of visionaries like Padmashree Bhavarlal Jain and his companies in Jalgaon.
Last weekend there, I had the opportunity of visiting the Jain Hills, the environment–friendly manufacturing hub and the nerve center of this conglomerate of a variety of high–tech, agri–based industries.
Bhavarlal Jain, affectionately known as "Bhau" whose first death anniversary falls on February 25, 2017 was a gifted entrepreneur and the founder chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems, now the second largest micro–irrigation company in the world.
This is of great significance. The goal of micro–irrigation is the revolutionary idea of maximizing crop per drop of water and this is of paramount importance in water–starved India.
Bhau was a giant among men, a rare human being as a thinker/philosopher, an industrialist, businessman, writer, advocate of the poor, social activist, a staunch Gandhian and a philanthropist. But above all, he was a true son of the soil. He prided in calling himself a farmer and tirelessly dedicated his formidable talents and energies to the education and uplifting of the farming community through innovative technology.
Since his sad demise last year, his four very able sons Ashok, Anil, Atul and Ajit are carrying out this mission with great enthusiasm and determination worthy of their illustrious father.
Bhau is aptly recognized as the father of the Second Green Revolution in India.
But his life story is an incredible tale of imagination, hard–work and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
Starting with humble beginnings in the dry, arid region of impoverished rural Maharashtra, Bhau built an empire of industries that optimize local resources to produce a range of agricultural products providing employment to over 10,000 people all over the world.
The products include, just to name a few – plastic pipes and sheets, Drip and Sprinkler irrigation systems, greenhouses, solar pumps, and facilities for tissue culture, hydroponics, food processing and extensive R&D pertaining to these products, all unmistakably related to agriculture .
The sprawling complex of the Jain irrigation is spread over an area of about 2000 acres on a hilly area outside the city of Jalgaon. This complex is a spectacularly master–planned township in itself with beautiful residences, offices, manufacturing plants and labs, healthcare, educational and training facilities, farms and gardens, independent utility systems and all necessary infrastructure, all carefully laid out amidst greenery that would be an envy of a verdant tropical forest.
Once just barren and essentially worthless hills, this area has now been converted into cultivable land of magnificent orchards and expansive manicured landscapes. This is paradise on earth. Everything is so neat, clean, lush, and top of the line.
Once upon a time, comparing the wealthy Western nations in frigid climates with impoverished but sunny India, it was said that: The West is cursed by God and nursed by man. And India is cursed by man and nursed by God. Well, not true anymore. At least not at Jain Hills where there is every evidence of Mother Nature being further nursed by man ever so lovingly.
But beyond its success in industry and business, the most impressive and distinguishing aspect of the Jain Group is its focus on the environment, renewable energy, social responsibility and employment of the latest technology wherever possible.
The culmination of the sense of social responsibility is evident in the exemplary social projects like the Anubhuti School which is dedicated to creating the leaders of tomorrow, the ultra–modern and essentially cost–free–for–the–needy eye clinic, and the monumental Gandhi Teerth & the Gandhi Research Foundation, undoubtedly the magnum opus of Bhau’s impressive career that spanned half a century.
The Gandhi Teerth, employing the latest world–class audio–visual technology is on par with if not better than the finest museums of London and Paris. Beyond its educational value, it is a place for reflection, meditation and worship. And finally, in the making is Bhau’s ultimate dream, the proposed one–of–its–kind University for Advanced Studies in agriculture and water resource management.
While much of this great work is happening quietly without fanfare, there is recognition and there are awards galore. Just for example, recently the University of Nebraska, globally renowned for quality education and research, and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute honored Bhau for his lifetime achievement. They named their research project as "Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain– University of Nebraska Water for Food Collaborative Program," permanently. He was recognized for "his pioneering efforts starting a new green revolution through his achievements in effective research, sustainable use of natural resources by bringing together farmers, agronomists, scientists, technologists and industrialists for the same noble cause. The scientists joining the university will be honorably called as B. H. Jain Scholars".
Clearly, great things are happening even in the hinterlands of India. Companies like the Jain Group are doing transformational work. That is what India needs.
India is beautiful once we begin to look beyond the pollution, pot–holes and politicians.
2016-03-08
Chye Lee
PINDSTRUP MOSEBRUG A/S

It was with much regret and a heavy heart that I heard from Mr Pancholi of the passing of your beloved chairman. My thoughts are with all of you and my condolences to his family.  It was inspiring to learn of his achievements and life philosophy.  I had the good fortune to have met your chairman on three separate occasions in Jalgaon.  He was very kind and I have a lot of respect for him.  I will miss him the next time I am in Jalgaon. Once again, my sincere condolences to his family and my regrets for your loss.

2016-03-07
Pradeep Shinde, Suhas Kulkarni & Team Printwell
Printwell International Pvt. Ltd

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on untimely demise of Mothe Bhau Sh. Bhavarlalji Jain! Mothe Bhau was an icon of our times in true sense. His journey is a real motivation for all of us. We feel privileged to print a number of editions of his favourite book - "Ti ani Mi". It is an irreplaceable loss for your family & Jain Group. Our prayers are with you & we wish for departed soul to rest in peace!

2016-03-09
Peggy Tanner
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I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was truly a great man and I so enjoyed the chance to meet him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

2017-01-31
-शेखर पाटील
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‘जैन’, कृषी क्रांती आणि बदलत्या अर्थकारणातला ऋणानुबंध !
एखाद्या कंपनीची प्रगती ही आर्थिक ताळेबंदातील आकडेवारी आणि या अनुषंगाने भांडवल बाजारातील भावातील चढ-उतारांवर मोजण्याची जगरहाटी आहे. त्यांच्या प्रगतीशीलतेचे मापन करणार्‍या आणि सर्वसामान्यांना न समजणार्‍या विविध ‘रेटींग्ज’देखील आहेत. तर दुसर्‍या बाजूने संबंधीत कंपनी याच्या बदल्यात समाजासाठी काय करते? हेदेखील पाहिले जाते. मात्र ‘सीएसआर’ म्हणजेच ‘कार्पोरेट सोशल रिस्पॉन्सिबिलीटी’च्या पलीकडे एखादी कंपनी कोणत्या तरी सकारात्मक बदलात कशी हातभार लावू शकते हे वरकरणी दिसून येत नाही. जळगाव येथील जैन उद्योग समूहाने गत काही दशकांमध्ये स्थानिक पातळीवर केलेल्या प्रयत्नांचा असाच एक अफलातून अनुभव मला अवचितपणे आला. आज याबाबतच! न्हावी (ता. यावल) येथील प्रगतीशील शेतकरी टेनूदादा बोरोले हे अलीकडेच त्यांच्या सुपुत्राच्या विवाहाची पत्रिका देण्यासाठी सपत्नीक ‘जनशक्ति’च्या कार्यालयात आले होते. भरपूर गप्पा झाल्या. खेड्यातील एक साधारण चहा टपरी चालविणार्‍या टेनू डोंगर बोरोले यांची जीवनकथा अत्यंत विलक्षण अशीच आहे. चहाच्या टपरीपासून सुरू केलेला व्यवसाय त्यांना एका लोकप्रिय हॉटेलपर्यंत घेऊन गेला. मात्र त्यांना आपला पारंपरिक शेती व्यवसायच खुणावत होता. यामुळे एक दिवस प्रचंड भरभराटीस आलेली हॉटेल विकून त्यांनी थेट शेताचा रस्ता धरला. आज सुमारे तीन दशकानंतर टेनूदादा हे शेतीतील एक मातब्बर व्यक्तीमत्व म्हणून गणले जातात. उत्पन्नाच्या बाबतीत जिल्ह्यातील अग्रगण्य शेतकर्‍यांमध्ये गणना होणारे बोरोले हे शेतीतील विविध प्रयोगांसाठीही ख्यात आहेत. त्यांच्या कर्तृत्वाची अगदी बीबीसीनेही दखल घेतली आहे. यातील काही बाबींना आमच्या गप्पांमधून पुन्हा उजाळा मिळाला. बोरोले दाम्पत्य गेल्यानंतर त्यांनी दिलेली पत्रीका निरखून पाहिली असता मला आश्‍चर्याचा सुखद धक्का बसला. यात बोरोले कुटुंबाने कुलदेवता म्हाळसाई व खंडेरायाच्या आशीर्वादासह आयुष्यात जैन इरिगेशनच्या उच्च कृषी तंत्रज्ञानाची कास धरल्याने आयुष्याला समृध्द वळण मिळाल्याचे ठळकपणे नमूद केले आहे. विवाहाच्या निमंत्रण पत्रिकेत कुणीही गोतावळ्यासह आपल्या आयुष्यातील महत्वाच्या व्यक्तींचा आवर्जुन उल्लेख करत असतो. मात्र कुलदेवतेसोबत एखाद्या कंपनीचे नाव टाकण्याचा प्रकार हा माझे कुतुहल चाळवणारा ठरला. या संदर्भात थेट टेनूदादांशी बोलणे केले असता त्यांनी बरेच काही भरभरून सांगितले. खरं तर जैन कंपनी आणि श्री. बोरोले यांच्यातील संबंध हे व्यावसायिक स्वरूपाचे म्हणजेच कंपनी आणि ग्राहक असे आहेत. आजही ते कंपनीच्या मोठ्या ग्राहकांपैकी आहेत. मात्र याच्याही पलीकडचे नाते गेल्या दोन दशकांपेक्षा जास्त कालखंडात निर्मित झाल्याचे बोरोलेदादांचे म्हणणे आहे. ते म्हणाले की, “माझ्या घरी जराही शेती नव्हती. अगदी शून्यातून शेतीची सुरूवात करत असतांना मला जैन कंपनीने आधुनिक कृषीचा मूलमंत्र दिला. त्यांच्या योग्य मार्गदर्शनानेच मी आजवरचा पल्ला गाठला आहे. अगदी पहिल्यापासूनच मी ‘जैन’तर्फे दिला जाणार्‍या सल्ल्याचे पालन केले आहे. त्यांच्या मार्गदर्शनानेच मी आयुष्यात काही तरी करू शकलो आहे.” यामुळे आमच्या कुटुंबासाठी ‘जैन समूहा’चे स्थान कुलदेवतेसमानच असल्याचे त्यांनी आवर्जुन नमुद केले. व्यावसायिकतेच्या पलीकडे जाणारे हे उदाहरण ‘जैन समुहा’ने स्थानिक पातळीवर केलेल्या कृषी क्रांतीच्या बिजारोपणाच्या यशस्वीतेची ग्वाही देणारे ठरले आहे. खान्देशी भूमितला कृषी हिताचा हा ‘जैन’रूपी अंकुर वैश्‍विक पातळीवर वटवृक्षासमान बहरत असतांना याची फळे याच परिसराच्या कान्याकोपर्‍यात किती रसरशीतपणे चाखली जात आहेत याचे हे एक उत्तम उदाहरण नव्हे काय? जल, जमीन आणि एकंदरीतच चराचराच्या संगोपनाचा विचार करत शेतकर्‍यांना आधुनिकतेची कास धरण्यास शिकवणारे भवरलालभाऊ जैन यांची ‘कणापरी कल्पना’ ही ब्रह्मांडाचा भेद करणारी निश्‍चितच आहे. अर्थात या कल्पनेला वास्तवात साकारणार्‍यांनाही याचे लाभ मिळाले आहेतच. आणि या सर्वांना व्यापून असणारा ऋणानुबंध टेनूदादा बोरोले यांच्यासारखे प्रगतीशील व समृध्द शेतकरी जेव्हा अगदी कृतार्थतेने नमुद करतात तेव्हा यासाठी कौतुकाचे दोन शब्द क्रमप्राप्तच ठरतात.

2016-03-03
VISHANT SINGHVI
Director M/s Chemical And Mineral Industries Pvt. Ltd. 29/1, Light industrial Area, Jodhpur 342003 (Raj) 

My words fall short of expressing my grief for the sad demise of Bade Bhau. He was an institution in himself and the greatest legend. With his demise an Era has come to an end.  CMI's total standing today is an inspiration and guidance by him. We shall always follow the path shown by him. You and the entire Jain family has always supported us for the last 4 decades and we are proud to be a small associate of the Jain family. Today in this difficult time of such a big loss to the entire family and the nation, we stand by you. May god rest his holy sprit in peace and give you and the whole family strength to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept my Heart felt condolences to your good self and the entire Family….

2016-02-29
Raj Group
Plot No.426-427, GIDC Kathawada, Ahmedabad-382430.

We have come to know from News Paper for the demise of your beloved owner Mr. Bhavarlal Jain. but one can't do anything over God's wishes. we pray to almighty for the peace of soul and we also pray to god to give strength to you to bear this heavy loss.

2016-02-29
PARESH JOSHI, Ajay Joshi
VASUDEV & CO, Mumbai

We express our deep condolence for the sad demise of  Shri Bhavarlal Jain. May his soul rest in peace. He was  a great entrepreneur and a virtuous businessmen.

2016-02-29
Madan Jain, Rupen Jain
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We are deeply grieved on the sad news of departure of Mahamana Shri Bhawarlalji Jain. The society and humanity has lost a “GEM OF HUMANS”, a visionary, and  a true follower of MAHAVIRA’s  principal  of ​​ “AHINSA” and “JIYO AUR JINE DO”. His contribution to the society and Nation is historical.  Please accept our heartfelt condolences, and we pray for the departed soul to rest in peace.

2016-02-29
Ms. M Grover
Director, Groveflora.com

We at Groveflora would like to express our heartfelt condolences on your recent bereavement. Respected Bhavarlal Jain ji was an inspiration to many of us and his principles continue to inspire us all. Please accept our sincere condolences.

2016-02-29
Rajeev Gupta
Delhi / noida

' Words  fall Short of expressing my sorrow for your loss ' A great Soul has departed but Bade Bhau's memories & his great works shall never fade. Your loss is huge, and I can only share your pain. May his soul rest in peace. He will be missed by all of us. I am sorry for your great loss



 


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