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Brushes With History

Brushes With History

An Autobiography

Krishna Kumar Birla
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In a life spanning nine decades, Krishna Kumar Birla (1918-2008), son of the legendary Ghanshyam Das Birla, witnessed landmark events that shaped India in the twentieth century, and had close associations with iconic figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Madan Mohan Malviya, Jayaprakash Narayan, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Head of one of India’s leading business houses, K.K. Birla embraced principles in which the creation of wealth, philanthropy and political leadership were all regarded as part of nation-building.
An illuminating and engaging chronicle, Brushes with History brings alive an important era in the life of the nation, its changing social mores, evolving principles of corporate governance and enduring family values. In an affectionate and moving tribute, K.K. Birla’s daughter, Shobhana Bhartia, acquaints readers with her father’s spiritual strength and moral values that were an integral part of his life.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Dec/2018

ISBN: 9780143066620

Length : 704 Pages

MRP : ₹699.00

Brushes With History

An Autobiography

Krishna Kumar Birla

In a life spanning nine decades, Krishna Kumar Birla (1918-2008), son of the legendary Ghanshyam Das Birla, witnessed landmark events that shaped India in the twentieth century, and had close associations with iconic figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Madan Mohan Malviya, Jayaprakash Narayan, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Head of one of India’s leading business houses, K.K. Birla embraced principles in which the creation of wealth, philanthropy and political leadership were all regarded as part of nation-building.
An illuminating and engaging chronicle, Brushes with History brings alive an important era in the life of the nation, its changing social mores, evolving principles of corporate governance and enduring family values. In an affectionate and moving tribute, K.K. Birla’s daughter, Shobhana Bhartia, acquaints readers with her father’s spiritual strength and moral values that were an integral part of his life.

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Krishna Kumar Birla

Krishna Kumar Birla (1918-2008) was the chairman of several companies in areas as diverse as textiles, sugar, engineering, shipping, fertilizers and information technology. He was also the chairperson of HT Media, which publishes the Hindustan Times, an English daily with the largest circulation in north India, besides newspapers and magazines in Hindi. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha for three successive terms from 1984 to 2002, served on several committees of Parliament and was on the central board of the State Bank of India and ICICI. He was appointed twice, in 1980 and 2004, as a member of the National Integration Council chaired by the prime minister.

Born in Pilani, a village in Rajasthan, in 1918, K.K. Birla got a bachelor's degree (honours) from Lahore University in 1939, and in 1997 was conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Pondicherry University. He was chairman/chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He set up the K.K. Birla Foundation, which confers annual awards for excellence in literature, scientific research, Indian philosophy, art and culture and sports. He also established the K.K. Birla Academy, which undertakes research on scientific, historical and cultural subjects.

Dr Birla's previous books include Indira Gandhi: Reminiscences and Partner in Progress.