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The Inspiring Journey Of Shri OP Jindal: The Man Who Talked To Machines

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| August 7 , 2018 , 09:40 IST

Shri Om Prakash Jindal fondly remembered as ‘Bauji’ was a man who left a rich legacy behind. A people's person, Bauji touched thousands of lives during his lifetime and would be remembered differently by different people on his birth anniversary today. For some, he is the innovative stalwart of Indian steel industry; the man who talked to machines and encouraged innovation. For some, he is the leader who listened to his constituents and understood them and for some, he is the torchbearer of social equality and champion of girls’ education.

Shri Om Prakash Jindal was born on August 7, 1930, at Hisar, Haryana in a farmer family. At the age of 22, he started his own business setting up a bucket production unit in Hisar.

It was a small incidence that changed the course of his destiny. One day he came across a steel pipe that was ‘Made in England’. On finding out that no such product was made in India, Shri Jindal decided that he would manufacture these pipes in India.

After the initial challenges and hard work, he opened a pipe unit in 1964 with an investment of Rs 42,000. He single-handedly developed all the machinery for this plant without a degree or experience in engineering. This led the foundation of Jindal Strips Limited. But this was just the beginning. Within four decades his planted saplings have transformed into four giant conglomerates viz Jindal SAW Pipes, JSW, Jindal Stainless and Jindal Steel and Power Limited led by his sons Prithviraj Jindal, Sajjan Jindal, Rattan Jindal and Naveen Jindal.

He had the conviction that India should be self-reliant in every sector of the industry. He visited several foreign countries to elicit the latest industrial technical development and know-how. He acquired a great deal of knowledge, which he aptly applied to enhance production of his industrial establishments.

His business acumen, management style and love for machines won him the Life Time Achievement Award from the Bengal Chamber of Commerce for his invaluable contribution in the steel sector.

Shri OP Jindal was a people’s person and the son of the soil. It was his urge to serve the society and the downtrodden that made him enter politics. Shri Jindal represented Hisar in the Haryana Assembly and Kurukshetra in the Parliament. He also served as the Power Minister in the government of Haryana. Shri Jindal worked hard to uplift the condition of downtrodden especially the underprivileged Dalits and poor. His commitment towards girls’ education led to the foundation of Vidya Devi Jindal Residential School for girls, the maiden venture of the Vidya Devi Jindal Rural Development Trust established by him in 1981.

Apart from business and politics, Shri Jindal served the people in multiple ways through numerous philanthropic activities. He was the Chairman of N.C. Jindal Charitable Trust, under whose auspices a 300-bed N.C. Jindal Institute of Medical Care functions in Hisar Haryana. Another school by the name of N.C. Jindal Public School for 4000 students is being run in Delhi. For his selfless social charitable services, charitable trust services, and philanthropic contributions, he was unanimously nominated as the Chairman of the Maharaja Agarsen Medical Education & Scientific Research Society. He was also the custodian trustee of the AgrohaVikas Trust. MAMC Agroha has slowly transformed into a multi-specialty hospital with Cath-lab for heart treatment and a cancer hospital in collaboration with Tata is to be opened soon.

With his social work, philanthropy and clear politics, Shri OP Jindal became the beloved son of Haryana. He passed away in a helicopter accident on 31 March 2005.

His legacy and heritage are now carried by his sons and his wife Savitri Jindal who nurtured the Hisar assembly and even served as a Minister in the state government. His youngest son Naveen Jindal represented Kurukshetra twice in Loksabha.

His family is fully involved in realizing the dream of Shri OP Jindal and this is the reason why Shri OP Jindal continues to live among people all because of his thoughts and principles.