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Man behind Old Monk, Kapil Mohan, dies at the age of 88

The taste of your favourite drink, and India’s very own alcoholic brand, which has been serving to India’s masses for more than 60 years, won’t be the same again. Not because the company has changed its policies, but because the ‘legend’ of the company has taken a deep silence and has left for the voyage to the heaven.

Brigadier (Retd) Kapil Mohan, former Chairman and MD of Mohan Meakin Ltd and the man behind the rum Old Monk, passed away on January 6. He was 88 years old.

According to the reports, Mohan was not well for a long time, died of a cardiac arrest in Mohan Nagar area of Ghaziabad. He is survived by his wife Pushpa Mohan.

Kapil Mohan was also awarded by Padma Shri in 2010. Kapil Mohan led the much-needed diversification of the company after he took over to the reins of the erstwhile Dyer Meakin Breweries.

After the launch of Old Monk on December 19, 1954, Mohan’s leadership saw the company develop three distilleries, two breweries and a host of new franchises in India.

Mohan Meakin has since then forayed into various business areas such as malt houses, glass factories, breakfast food, fruit products and juices, malt extract factories, cold storages and engineering works among others.

Many of his admirers took to Twitter to pay their tributes to Mohan who carried forward the legacy of his brother V R Mohan and father N N Mohan.

Currently, Mohan Meakin Ltd is a multi-faceted business house with a turnover exceeding Rs 400 crore.

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