Veteran Indian businessman and philanthropist Ramchand Dharamdas Rajwani, a senior manager of Indian business group T Choithrams & Sons, died on Friday at his residence in Dubai. He was 90 years old.
Ramchand, the longtime partner of Choithrams' founder, the late Thackurdas Choithram Bajarani, survived his wife Sita, son of Mohan, daughter Champa, and four grandchildren.
K. T. Pagarani, managing director and son of the group's founder, said the funeral ceremony will take place under the Covid-19 protocol on Monday.
Bajarani said Ramchand was one of the strong pillars of Choithrams' group. “He was very much loved by everyone. He joined my father in 1947 during the group’s initial period of operations in Sierra Leone. He later moved to London, where the group’s headquarters are located. He arrived in Dubai in 1992.
Ramchand's death was a huge loss to the business sector and the expatriate community. He was a great human being, humble and humane. A wise and philanthropist man who carried a smile on his face in all situations. Dr. Ram Buxani, a prominent Indian businessman and chairman of the ITL Cosmos Group, said: “More From 30 years. "
The Choithrams Group's commercial and retail operations began in 1943 when Thackordas opened its first supermarket - T Choithrams & Sons - in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Thackordas expanded its operations to include the United Arab Emirates by opening its first supermarket in Dubai in 1974. Using Dubai as its regional base, Choithrams expanded its operations to include Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.
Today, Choithrams has a global presence with a network of companies spanning across the United States, the Indian subcontinent, Europe, Africa, the Far East and the Middle East. The group employs 16,000 people in 19 countries.
Choithrams offers a wide range of services ranging from food service, ship routing, manufacturing, retail and wholesale with imports and exports. The company is the distributor for many of the leading international brands in the United Arab Emirates.