A Multifacted Personality

Ravi Rohmetra
The Great Jammu is well known as City of Temples. This is the place where many great personalities have taken birth from time to time. Among them is T R Gupta.
His father Gourimal Gupta was a simple, pious, dedicated, honest and hard working man, who wanted his son to grow with all good qualities and reputation of lord RAMA, hence he named him as Tej Ram Gupta.
During his childhood his native village was bereft of any comfort and resources. Even there was no proper school, hence he got his primary education in a very dilapidated school building by sitting on bare ground of one room. He passed his matriculation from R.S. Pura District Jammu. Later he passed intermediate examination (12th Class) from Prince of Wales College (now Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College) Jammu in the year 1948.
With Philanthropic teachings and Socio/religious background, T.R. Gupta grew into a man personified as example of magnanimity, benevolence, compassion and determination. He was also very disgusted with the social evils prevailing in the society especially in Mahajan Community all over India and introduced many reforms to remove them. He started his career with a grocery shop in his village initially in 1949, followed by Aata-Chakki and mini rice mill at Village: Arnia, Tehsil R.S. Pura. But he was not destined to be a short time trader only, because a meager income from these trades was not enough to fulfill his desire of broader mission to help poor, downtrodden and needy people. Hence he restarted the career as petty contractor in partnership with another contractor in 1957. Later on he started taking up bigger works first as partner in a partnership firm and later in his individual capacity like Ujh barrage, Lift Irrigation Tawi Canal from Bahu Fort to Channi.
In the year 1947, T.R. Gupta got married to Kunti Devi, a simple and pious lady. It was a lovely relationship as both of them made an ideal couple.
T.R. Gupta, to further his mission of achieving new horizons and new heights in the business and social stature, worked with utmost dedication, commitment and perseverance which resulted in giving him good dividends in his work T.R. Gupta while working hard to expand his financial ventures never forgot his basic aim of benevolence, compassion and humane approach in helping poor and needy persons.
That is why he is called “BHAMA SHAH” of Jammu.
With the grace of God , Mr Gupta received full support from his workers because of his nature of accommodation, resilience and understanding their problems, due to which he got more and more profit from his businesses. He gave Bonus ranging from 8% to 20% regularly to them besides making many welfare schemes available to them. He formed a private limited company in 1980 named as TRG Industries Private Limited”. His three sons two of who were Engineers, two son-in-laws who were both Engineers, his brother, cousin brother, nephew etc. also worked as Directors of company to expand the activities of his ventures manifold by taking up big construction projects, such as Salal Project in District Reasi. After successfully completing the said projects in J&K State the company took many prestigious construction projects; bridges, Irrigation projects, Aqueducts, extension of runways of Airports, dams, National Highway and State Highway Roads etc. in different states of India. Besides, his company had the distinction of successful construction of many Hydro Electric Power Projects in Leh, Zanskar, Kargil under very adverse climatic conditions.
Over a period of time the company had assumed a significant and enviable status under the Chairmanship and Managing Directorship of T.R. Gupta. The company received many commendations and appreciations from various Government departments for the excellent working and successful completion of works most efficiently. Few of these projects are as under:-
T.R. Gupta is so loved and adored by the people because of his easily approachable nature, humility and compassion that Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha unanimously elected him as President, the post in which he served the birdari with full dedication and sincerity from 1991 to 1997. Thereafter, again the entire biradari of whole country gave him the responsibility of the Presidentship of Akhil Bhartiya Mahajan Shiromani Sabha New Delhi, the position that he held from 1997-2006. During all these years, T.R. Gupta gave the best of his ability to steer the Biradari to assume new dimensions in developmental activities. He gave his precious time, physical involvement even at the cost of his health and financial help with all sincerity and devotion, which is comparable to none. For his dedication, and achievements, the grateful Biradari, in an All – India conference, bestowed upon him the title of “MAHAJAN RATTAN”.
While working hard for the progress of his business and also for the social activities, T.R. Gupta never ignored his commitment of benevolence and noble mission. He regularly contributed for the welfare of the needy persons, social organizations, religious causes, orphanages, old age homes, charitable organizations, for the protection of cows, etc. and also donated liberally when our nation faced any serious calamity or pandemic. He also donated an ambulance to Central Mahajan Sabha, for public use.
After completing his 91 years of illustrious life Sh. T.R. Gupta donated the cheques of huge demonitation to various Socio/ Religious organizations, Charitable trusts, charitable dispensaries, cremation places, charitable hospitals, blind schools, widows, destitutes, cancer patients, Gou Raksha Samiti, Generator Sets for temples and senior citizens center, inner wheel house for mentally retarded children, ambulances for needy people and Prime Minister’s Care account.
During long years of his life, T.R. Gupta faced many hurdles, roadblocks and challenges. Many times he passed through physical trauma, financial setbacks in business and loss of near and dear ones from time to time. But being a steadfast crusader, man of very strong will power and unflinched determination, he not only overcame these hurdles but also emerged victorious out of these challenges every time.
Although, T.R. Gupta received countless State Level and National Level Awards, commendations and appreciations for his social acumen, benevolence, efficiency in business, sagacious decisions and life achievements, he always took the blessings and good wishes of the people whose sufferings have been mitigated and wounds of deprivation healed by him as most prestigious awards.