The owner and CEO of the iconic spice masala brand MDH, ‘Mahashay’ Dharampal Gulati, passed away at the age of 98 on Thursday morning because of a cardiac arrest. He was undergoing treatment at Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Delhi for the last three weeks.

Shri Gulati was born in 1919 in Pakistan’s Sialkot who migrated to India and settled down in Delhi after the partition in 1947. In 1953, Gulati rented a shop in Chandni Chowk, named it Mahashiyan Di Hatti (MDH), and started selling spices.

From a small shop in Chandi Chowk to being one of India’s leading spices brand, MDH as a brand has come a long way under the leadership of Shri Gulati. At present, MDH Spices, which reportedly manufactures nearly 50 different varieties of spices, has 15 factories across the country and sells its products across the globe.

Shri Gulati was conferred with Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour of the country, the for his contributions in 2019.