Tribute to M.R. Pai
(via email from my uncle Prakash Burde)
Mangalore Ranga Pai, popularly known as M.R Pai, passed away on July 3, 2003. He was 72. A consumer activist to the core, M.R Pai brought consumer consciousness to India and till he breathed his last, he remained as one fighting for consumers’ rights and privileges.
In the early 50’s, M.R. Pai came to Bombay from Mangalore (Karnataka) in search of a livelihood, armed with a masters’ degree in Political Science. With an M.S degree in journalism from Los Angeles, he returned to India and joined as a Sub Editor of The Times of India for a short time. Consumer exploitation was rampant then and M.R. Pai, restless as he was, fought battles one after the other and was known as the consumers’ champion.
Way back in the 1970’s, he was featured as the man of the year on the cover of the Indian edition of the Reader’s Digest. M.R Pai was responsible for forming the Forum of Free Enterprise. He was also behind the famous post-budget speeches by Nani Palkhivala from 1957 to 1994.
A prolific writer in English, his book “The Legend of Nani Palkhivala” was a best seller, and the royalties
he earned went to various charities.
He was suffering from cancer since May 2002, and though he won many consumer wars, he lost his own battle with cancer in July 2003. In his son Shyam Sunder’s words, "My father never fell ill and never spent on medicine, but now is paying back with interest!"
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Tuesday, July 8, 2003|
Last Modified: 7/8/2003