Kanakshi Gokaldas Khimji
Kanakshi Gokaldas of Khimji Ramdas Group of Companies (KR) is one of the ten recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.india Updated: Jan 13, 2003 13:31 IST
Shri Khimji popularly known as Kanakbhai, took over the reigns of the Khimji Ramdas Group of Companies (KR) in 1970 from his late father Shri Gokaldas Khimji, who was decorated with the title Rai Bahadur for his service during the Second World War by the British Government. Shri Khimji is one of the top business houses in Oman and is a household name dealing in diverse businesses.
In 1975, under his leadership, HMA, the Indian Merchants Body in Oman established the first-ever English medium school in Muscat. Today, there are 14 schools in the Sultanate of Oman. Free land and substantial amount of funds were generously given by His majesty, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
During the Gujarat earthquake, Kanakbhai with the help of the Merchant Community in Oman despatched three shiploads of food, blankets, tents and other items worth over Rs. 50 lakhs as immediate relief apart from an equivalent amount of cash contribution to the victims, through NGOs in Gujarat.