Maharashtra our Karmbhoomi

Media Coverage | 18-02-2024

Mukesh Ambani becomes emotional as Isha Ambani receives award

I am committed to creating a brighter, safer and fairer world for my two children, for all children and for future generations, said Isha Ambani, the director of Reliance Industries Limited and Reliance Retail, while graciously accepting the ‘Special Dynamic Business Excellence Award’. She humbly said, “I need the help, guidance and blessings of all seniors.”

During the Lokmat Maharashtrian Of The Year Awards ceremony in Mumbai, chief minister Eknath Shinde felicitated Isha Ambani against the stunning backdrop of the Gateway of India. Mukesh Ambani, the renowned industrialist, was present in the audience in a simple attire, beaming with pride and admiration for his talented daughter. Isha expressed her gratitude, emphasising that Maharashtra is not just a state, but a ‘karmabhoomi’ and home for her family. I am happy that my father-in-law Ajay uncle (Ajay Piramal) and my husband Anand are both present here as I am being honoured by the Lokmat Group, for without their encouragement, it is not possible for me to fulfil my dreams, added Isha Ambani on a grateful note.

In the Reliance family, we care! We care about each other and yearn for each other. It is this yearning that we should all share with our country and ultimately discharge our responsibility towards the world with equal commitment.

Thank you, Papu!

n In 2016, Nita Ambani was presented with a special award at the ‘Maharashtrian of the Year’ awards ceremony. Isha Ambani while mentioning it humbly said, My mother got the same award I am getting today and my heart is filled with gratitude.

n My grandfather Dhirubhai Ambani gave a mantra to the entire Reliance Group, ‘Dare to dream and learn to excel’.    I have learned from my father how much hard work it takes to realise the big dreams we see. My father’s place in my life is akin to the lighthouse that shows the right direction in the storm.’

n Isha Ambani, with a touch of humility, expressed her gratitude in simple words, saying, “Thank you, Papu!” As she spoke the words, the camera captured Mukesh Ambani’s expression.

RIL chief Mukesh Ambani enjoyed Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards ceremony for an hour & a half

Isha Ambani, director of Reliance Industries and Reliance Retail, received a special award for her outstanding business achievements at the Lokmat Maharashtrian Of The Year 2024 Awards ceremony, held at Gateway of India on Thursday evening. The chief minister Eknath Shinde presented the prestigious award titled ‘Special Dynamic Business Excellence Award’ to Isha Ambani. Present on dais are (from left) managing director and editorial director of Lokmat Media Group Devendra Darda, editor-in-chief of Lokmat Media Group Rajendra Darda, chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda, NCP Rajya Sabha member Praful Patel, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Isha Ambani’s husband and renowned businessman Anand Piramal, father-in-law and Piramal Industries chairman Ajay Piramal, State Legislative Assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar, eminent banker and singer Amruta Fadnavis and joint managing director and editorial director of Lokmat Media Group Rishi Darda. – Datta Khedekar

‘Don’t let success go to your head’

Ranbir Kapoor shares mantra Mukesh Ambani gave him

Lokmat News Network


Bollywood superstar… chocolate hero… whose blockbuster movie recently grossed over `1,000 crore… in whose veins run the blue blood of the first family of Bollywood, i.e. the Kapoor family, Ranbir Kapoor graced the Maharashtrian of the Year Awards ceremony. Ranbir was felicitated with the Best Actor Award by veteran actor Jitendra.

Ranbir gracefully accepted the award at the prestigious platform in a gathering packed with distinguished guests. Asked what the superstar wants to achieve in his life, Ranbir said, “I want to be a good boy. I want to be a good friend, a good brother, a good husband and a good father, and finally a good man, but beyond that, I dream of becoming a good citizen!”

Referring to the famous industrialist Mukesh Ambani, who sat in the audience and watched the appreciation ceremony with a smiling face, Ranbir said, “Mera sirf ek hi maksad hai zindagi mein, kuch achha kaam karun, vinamrata se kaam karun! Mukeshbhai always told me that no matter how much success you get, don’t let it go to your head and even if you fail, don’t take it to your heart! May the head remain bowed and may the heart be filled with joy!”

Ranbir also declared that he is very proud to be a Mumbaikar.

‘Lokmat is first to reach out whenever society is in need’

Lokmat News Network/Mumbai

Lokmat newspaper goes beyond just reporting news. It is always at the forefront of serving society when needed, said the chief minister Eknath Shinde who graced the event as the chief guest. He commended ‘Lokmat’ for not only highlighting negative aspects but also giving recognition to individuals who have excelled in various fields.

He appreciated the grand event held at the historic Gateway of India. Awarding those who contribute positively is a way of honouring their efforts, for serving as an inspiration. The chief minister Eknath Shinde recalled that he himself had received this award a few years back.

Brainchild of Rishi Darda

The idea behind the award is to inspire the younger generation. ‘Lokmat’ has been consistent in identifying outstanding individuals from different sectors, acknowledging their achievements and honouring them with Maharashtrian of the Year Awards. Rishi Darda conceptualised and realised this award a decade back. Today it has become a prestigious event, the chief minister said and recalled being recognised by Lokmat in Delhi for his commendable work during the Covid pandemic.

Maharashtra is growth engine of country

We are running many good schemes. The Prime Minister recently inaugurated the country’s longest sea bridge ‘Atal Setu’. Earlier it used to take two hours to reach Raigarh from Mumbai, and now it takes only 15 minutes. This is a ‘gamechanger’ project. We have completed the Samruddhi Expressway. Maharashtra is the number one state in terms of big projects. It is the growth engine of the country. Our state is the number one in foreign investment. The state got the first prize for cleanliness last week.

Tell industrialists to pay attention to State, Dr Darda suggested and…

The chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda posed some questions to the chief minister Eknath Shinde. In presence of industrialists like Mukesh Ambani, Ajay Piramal and Gautam Singhania, Dr Darda suggested that the industrialists should be advised to pay attention to Maharashtra. On this, Shinde said Mukesh Ambani always pays attention to the state. We asked the Ambani family that we want to transform schools into model schools and he agreed. He is investing heavily in Navi Mumbai. Singhania has also invested in the state and Ajay Piramal is also investing here. The event was graced by senior bureaucrats, police officers, political figures, business leaders and artists. Shinde praised the Lokmat Media Group in his speech saying that Dr Vijay Darda has the magic of bringing all the people under one roof.

‘Satisfaction of seeing God’

“Today, I am filled with satisfaction as I saw God,” said Jaising Chavan, who triumphed over his disability to carve a niche for himself. He was bestowed with a special award. He expressed his gratitude towards Lokmat for the honour. The company, started by him in MP with a mere sum of `200, is now a well-known ‘used oil refinery’ in Central India. Seeing Mukesh Ambani in front of him, he said, “I am satisfied as I saw God with my own eyes.”

‘Award gives strength to do more work’

Harishchandra Sude of Latur who has been working for the blind and disabled for 25 years, was honoured for his services to the people. He said he faced many difficulties while working in rural areas. “Working for the disabled is a challenging job. I am happy that Lokmat has taken notice of this work. The award will motivate me to continue the same,” he said.

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