“Apart from being a touching soul, Dr K K Birla was a true reflection of the family he belonged to,” said chief minister Sheila Dikshit at a function marking the naming of a road after Dr Birla in New Delhi on Monday.
Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi said, “Dr Birla knew how to offer his assistance to the public wheel at the time of low tide. He showed that being smart can be good and being good can be a smart thing.”
“Dr Birla was championing the cause of corporate social responsibility long before it came into being as result of a government law or directive. Be it the field of education, social welfare or even religion, his contribution is unparalleled,” said minister of state for home Ajay Maken. The road naming took place at a function attended by family and friends and political leaders such as BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Congress leaders Jayanthi Natarajan, RK Dhawan, Motilal Vora, Janardhan Dwivedi and Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Union ministers Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Murli Deora and Farooq Abdullah.
A noted industrialist and philanthropist, Dr. Birla was the second son of Ghanshyam Das Birla.
He died on August 20, 2008.
Referring to Dr Birla’s commitment to social welfare, Gandhi described him as a man who believed in “creation of assets for the common good”.
“According to him the private sector could not be seen as uncoordinated with the public exchequer,” said Gandhi.
“I remember my father (Devdas Gandhi) once describing Dr Birla as an intelligent and good person in a conversation with my mother. This was at the time KK Birla was handed over the reins of the Hindustan Times. He was a bespectacled man of many ideas and few words,” said Gandhi.