Rasna Creator Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta Awarded ‘Padma Shri’ Posthumously
The late Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta, Founder and Chairman of Rasna Group, has been awarded the Padma Shri (Posthumous), 2023, for his work in Trade and Industry in Gujarat. One of the highest civilian awards in the country, the award comes in recognition of his lifelong work towards nation building. The award was accepted on his behalf by his wife Persis Areez Khambatta and his son Piruz Areez Khambatta.
It may be noted that Khambatta is the first Ahmedabad based Parsi to receive such an honour. He founded a “Made in India” company that went on to conquer the international market. Today Rasna International is known as one of the largest instant drink and beverages manufacturers globally having 80 per cent market share in India.
Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta has truly served the nation in various roles. As a businessman he has contributed to economic growth by creating many jobs. As a philanthropist, he has tirelessly worked towards the development of education and medical care for the less fortunate.
As a community leader he has worked to protect the interests of the Parsi Community in India and abroad, and as a Commandant of the Homeguard he saved lives and property of civilians with the spirit of nation first.
Living by the motto “Work work work” he always strived to inspire the future generations of entrepreneurs.
Commenting on this high honour, Piruz Khambatta, Chairman Rasna Group said “The Khambatta Family is humbly accepting this Award posthumously given for late Shri Areez Khambatta by the President of India. We are ever thankful for this gesture. I and my family have dedicated ourselves to follow in my late father’s footsteps towards Nation Building”.
In the past, late Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta has been awarded the President of India’s Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal as well as Paschimi Star, Samarseva and Sangram Medals. He has been honoured with the National Citizen’s Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Commerce by the President of India, Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharma.
He was also awarded Samman Patra by the Finance Ministry for his contribution to the National Exchequer as the highest taxpayer of Gujarat. He was also felicitated by the Ahmedabad Parsi Panchayat and was chosen as the first ‘Outstanding Parsi of Ahmedabad.