The 100th Birth Anniversary:: Kamalnayan Bajaj (1915–1972)
Kamalnayan the eldest son of Jamanalal Bajaj started shouldering family responsibilities from an early age. After completing his education from University of Cambridge, England, Kamalnayan returned to India to assist his father Jamanalal, both in business and in social service. Kamalnayan was a man of strict principles, which he never swerved from. He had earmarked a large portion of the income from his family business for public causes and social service programmes, the mantle of all of which he had inherited from his father. He always had a sense of a larger social mission, transcending the dictates of business and the bottom line.
Every new business venture that Kamalnayan got into, eloquently testified to his legendary business acumen. With tremendous foresight and a spirit of zestful enterprise, Kamalnayan acquired ailing industrial units and then miraculously turned them around. He went on to expand the business by branching into manufacture of scooter, three-wheeler, cement, alloy casting and electricals. In 1954, Kamalnayan took over active management of the Bajaj Group companies.