Agra takes pride in its own Ratan Tata, the distinguished Puran Dawar, whose journey as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social leader has left an indelible impact on the city and beyond. Born on September 26, 1953, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Puran Dawar’s life story is one of resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment to community service.
Hailing from a humble background, Puran Dawar’s father, Shri Lal Chand Dawar, instilled in him the values of hard work and integrity from an early age. His thirst for knowledge led him to pursue a graduation in Science from Agra College in 1971, followed by a post-graduation in Economics in 1973. Armed with education and ambition, he embarked on a journey that would define his life.
Puran Dawar’s foray into the business world was marked by his exceptional leadership as the Chairman of Dawar Group. He proved his mettle by establishing Dawar Footwear Industries, a venture that later earned the prestigious title of a “Star Export House.” Under his visionary guidance, the company became a major player in the footwear industry, boosting India’s prominence in the global market.
However, Puran Dawar’s contributions went beyond the realm of business. As a Member of the Board in the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), he worked tirelessly to create an enabling environment for the growth and development of small and medium enterprises, which are the backbone of India’s economy.
Not content with personal success, Puran Dawar was committed to fostering collective growth in the footwear industry. In 2003, he founded the Agra Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Chamber (AFMEC) and assumed its leadership. Under his guidance, AFMEC emerged as a strong voice, advocating for the interests of footwear manufacturers and exporters. His exceptional leadership earned him the position of heading AFMEC from 2003 to 2005 and being re-elected as President in 2009, establishing him as a respected industry leader.
Amidst his busy schedule, Puran Dawar did not lose sight of his responsibility towards society. In 1998, he founded the Saksham Dawar Memorial in loving memory of his beloved son, Saksham Dawar. This memorial stands as a touching tribute to his son’s memory and reflects the depth of love and compassion in Puran Dawar’s heart.
Puran Dawar’s commitment to community welfare was further evident in his role as the President of the Agra Development Foundation (ADF). Under his able leadership, the foundation initiated several transformative projects, including the Yamuna Frontside Project, aimed at improving the city’s infrastructure and preserving its natural beauty for future generations.
His family background played a significant role in shaping his values and outlook on life. Puran Dawar’s family migrated to Agra from Pakistan after the traumatic partition in 1947. The hardships and challenges they faced, seeking shelter in a refugee camp at Malpura, left an indelible mark on his character, instilling in him empathy and a strong sense of social responsibility.
Puran Dawar’s association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from a young age in 1965 instilled in him the values of discipline, patriotism, and a sense of duty towards the nation.
Today, Agra stands in gratitude for the contributions of its very own Ratan Tata, Puran Dawar, whose entrepreneurial brilliance, compassionate heart, and dedication to social upliftment have transformed lives and communities. His vision and leadership continue to inspire generations, and his legacy will remain a guiding light for future leaders and changemakers.
Puran Dawar is still in his post and serving as an entrepreneur as well as a social worker. People associated with various institutions are learning a lot under his guidance. It is his personality that he is benefiting other people with his years of experience.