At the age of 16, Hukumchand Jain was one of the most successful businessmen from pre-Independent India. In Indore of the Holkar era, years before corporate MNCs emerged, Jain was a pioneer in the Swadeshi industry, & the Cotton Prince of India.
He became the first Indian to set up a Jute mill in Calcutta, providing employment to thousands of people.
Noted for his philanthropic work (amounting to ₹4200 crore in today’s money), he’s also why Mughal-e-Azam’s iconic “jab pyaar kiya toh darna kya” is so unforgettable even today! Curious about the connection? Find out in the video!
This featured portrait of Sir Seth Hukumchand Jain is a watercolour painted photograph from the collection of the
Archer Art Gallery.