Podars have been from the very begining associated closely with Socio-Economic and to some extent political life of the country.
The Founder of the Group Shri Anandilal Podar was an associate of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Shri. Podar not only contributed liberally to sustain the Freedom movement but also endeavored upliftment of poor having put himself on the mission of education of the mass. Shri. Podar in 1921 establishment Anandilal Education Society now called Anandilal Podar Trust. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation was the first Chairman Trustee of the said Trust. A rare and unpresidential honor given to Podars. A life size statue of Shri. Podar has been put up at his home town Nawalgarh and Bombay by the Citizens of both these places as a mark of respect to him. During his Centenary year 1974 the then President of India especially visited Bombay to pay homage to the memory of Shri. Podar. The Function was attended by over 10,000 people including Governors of 5 different States, Chief Ministers and Business persons from all over the Country. The good work of Shri. Anandilal Podar over the years has been carried out by his family. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Bombay has named three prominent roads in the city in his name.
Raja Ramdeoji Podar the Eldest son of Shri. Anandilal Podar was the leading light not only in the Freedom Movement but in the Industry as well. He was instrumental in establishing the Silk Mills Research Association and Silk and Art Silk Mills Association. He was also decorated with the title of Raja (King) by the State of Jaipur (now Rajasthan). He was also appointed Sheriff of Bombay in 1952. A prominent place in the heart of Bombay is named as “Ramdeo Podar Chowk” after him.
Dr. Ramnath A. Podar the other son of the Founder and father of the present Chairman Shri. Kantikumar R. Podar was a core nationalist and amongst the most respected citizens and businessmen of India. He was even a Member of Parliament. He founded the Bank of Jaipur (Now called State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur), Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rajasthan Finance Corporation, Export Risk Insurance Corporation (now called Export Credit and Guarantee Corporation), Indian Cotton Mills Federation and headed these Institutions for a long time. He was a director of the State Bank of India being the President of Bombay Board. He was the President of several Chambers of Commerce including Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI). The University of Rajasthan awarded him degree of Doctor of Law (LLD). He was also on the Senate of Bombay and Agra University. A very prominent place near Sachivalaya (Maharashtra Government Office) has been named as “Dr. Ramnath Anandilal Podar Chowk” after him by the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai.
Shri. Kantikumar R. Podar has been in the forefront of Indian Business and Industry. Shri. Podar was the President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries with its headquarters in Pakistan. Shri. Podar was also the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) for the year 1992-93 (the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industries), the President of the Economic and Scientific Research Foundation, the Chairman of the Indian Cotton Mills Association (Parent body of textile mills in India), Indian Council of Arbitration, President of Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Chairman of the Mill owners’ Association, All India Organization of Employers, All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association, Employer’s Association of Rajasthan, Chairman of Bombay Textile Research Association among several other organizations. He was also the Chairman of the Indo-Netherland Joint Business Council and Indo-Polish Joint Business Council. He was the youngest Sheriff of Bombay and was a Special Executive Magistrate of Bombay. He has been on the Senate of Bombay University for several years. He has been connected with several committees appointed by the State and Central Governments. Shri. Podar is on the Board of various top notch Public Limited companies such as Bajaj Auto Limited, Ceat Limited, Sutlej Cotton Limited etc.
Shri. Podar has traveled to various countries leading business delegations and was invited by Government of Japan to visit Japan as their Guest under the “Annual Invitation Programme” in 1982. He also takes keen interest in the upliftment of the downtrodden for the social cause of the Poor People. He was the Chairman for over 10 years of the Children’s Aid Society, which is the largest Child Welfare Agency in Asia. He actively looks after the various trusts and social activities of the Group.
Shri. Rajiv K. Podar has been very actively involved in the day to day business of the group. He was instrumental in setting up of the Textile Units of the Group. He later diversified the activities of the Group into new areas of International Trade, Information Technology, Communication and Entertainment, Advisory and Consulting, activities away from the groups’ traditional business. Counting on his ability and capability, the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Industries of the Republic of Benin had conferred upon him special rights to negotiate any matter concerning, expanding and deepening of the trade and economic relations with India. He was also authorized to prepare proposals on concrete aspects of economic co-operation between the two countries on the basis of consultations with corresponding Indian Ministries, other governmental bodies, companies and establishments.
Shri. Podar is the Founder Chairman of the International Business Linkage Forum (IBLF), www.BusinessLinkage.com, a forum patronized by Governments and used as a platform to promote Trade, Joint Ventures and Investments between Government and Private bodies.
He holds Power of Attorney / rights of representation of several Companies / Concerns.