Rupa and Rahul Bajaj

Rahul Bajaj – Chairman, Bajaj Auto and Head, Bajaj Group

Rahul Bajaj, born on June 10, 1938, headed Bajaj Group of companies. Group activities include manufacture and sale of motorised two, three, and four-wheeled vehicles, general and life insurance and investment and consumer finance, home appliances, electric lamps, wind energy, special alloy and stainless steel, material handling equipment and travel.


Mr. Bajaj was the recipient of many awards, including the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India and honorary doctorates from six universities. He has a BA (honours) in economics, a law degree from Mumbai University and an MBA from Harvard.

Mr Bajaj was a former member of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament), former chairman of Indian Airlines and former chairman of the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is also a former chairman and member of the International Business Council, World Economic Forum; a former member of the South Asia advisory board of Harvard Business School and a former member of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

Mr. Bajaj led the CSR activities of the Bajaj Group of companies and charitable trusts including Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation.

Rupa Bajaj (1961 – 2013)

Rupa Bajaj was born on September 07, 1938. She completed her schooling from St. Joseph’s Bandra. Thereafter, she studied history at Elphinstone College and went on to teach there as well. She also had a short stint in a modeling career.


Rupa Bajaj was always up to date with current affairs and was very well read. She was on the Board of Empress Gardens in Pune.

After moving to the Bajaj Auto Colony in Pune post marriage, Rupa Bajaj along with the wives of the staff set up the Vanita Mandal. She, along with these women, would sew baby smocks and dresses and also knit. All these handmade items were then sold at the Pune Club Sale. As recalled by several people, she was like a mother figure to many – family as well as the residents from the colony. She was always there for everyone. Many of the women from the colony would come to her for advice. She loved gardening and orchids and kept herself busy with growing vegetables. She took an active interest in seasonal flowers and the vegetable patch in the backyard. Most of the vegetables consumed came from the garden.

Rupa Bajaj had vast medical knowledge and was almost half a doctor herself. Along with allopathic medical knowledge, she also knew a lot about using natural common household herbs and ingredients to cure ailments such as colds. She would also make a nourishing hair oil using hibiscus flowers, aloe vera and fenugreek seeds with a coconut base. She was also fond of movies and theatre