13 June, 2021

‘Robert Murdabad!’

Vadra’s ties with the brass city don’t run very deep

Sanjay Rawat
‘Robert Murdabad!’

Was the glitter of brass too pale for Robert Vadra, who, as we now know, went on to more glistening businesses? His grandfather and father may have made their living in Pital Nagri, Moradabad, but Robert has little to do with the town today. Despite his profligate real estate acquisitions, he has reportedly made none in his hometown. The last time he came to Moradabad was in 2005 when he, along with Priyanka, visited his sister-in-law there. Her husband, and his brother, Richard, had killed himself in 2003.

With roots back in Sialkot in Pakistan, Robert’s grandfather Hukumat Rai Vadra had moved to Bangalore and set up a sports goods shop there. It was while purchasing brass trophies that he developed a link with Moradabad and eventually relocated there. He set up Mysore Electroplating, a firm that flourished and, at one point, had several hundred employees. The family’s fortunes dipped in the ’90s when falling exports hit business. Robert’s father ended up selling his house in 1997 and his factory in Moradabad around the same time.


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