29 October, 2020

Beyond The Borders

Hamdard's Unani products still prosper on either side of the divide

Beyond The Borders
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WHEN Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed started his Unani clinic at Old Delhi's Lal Kuan in 1906, people flocked to him. After all, Unani, the Persian medical tradition he practised, had a respectable lineage, reputation for efficacy in this part of the world. As his practice flourished, the Hakim began Hamdard to professionally package and sell his Unani formulations. When he died in 1922, aged 39, he left behind two young sons, a fledgling company, little cash, much goodwill. Those two sons Abdul Hameed, 14, and Mohammed Said, an infant then, went on to turn the firm into a multinational force whose joint worth is estimated to be over Rs 160 crore. "Hamdard, India, is worth Rs 110 crore plus. Hamdard, Pakistan, is half our size turnover-wise," reveals Arif Hussain, marketing manager, Hamdard, India. Separately, the two brothers run identical firms, sell identical products in both nations. Mohammed Said migrated to Karachi in 1947. As elder brother, Delhi-based Bade Hakim Sahib, Abdul Majeed, 89, puts it: "1947 mein hamara bhi partition ho gaya...

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