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.
Sad to hear of the passing of Brig Kapil Mohan — and it does unreported in the news media! He is the man who ran Mohan Meakin and the face beind the Old Monk rum brand that is global. Remember meeting him for a family feud story. This is the stuff of business history.
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) January 8, 2018
Can't belive… The man who's Brand ' Old Monk ' i drank as a teenager with my College folks is no More … will miss u! But the Monk will be alive in Hearts of all #OldMonk #KapilMohan pic.twitter.com/XzdtcnPwMi
— Poonam Pandey (@iPoonampandey) January 8, 2018
Brig Kapil Mohan – the man behind the legendary #OldMonk rum passed away today. You guys know the best way to pay your respect.
— Akshaye Rathi (@akshayerathi) January 8, 2018
— Gautam Chintamani (@GChintamani) January 8, 2018
Respect to the the Late Brig Kapil Mohan, a proud fellow National Service Volunteer-Reservist of the Territorial Army (TA), and the creator of Old Monk Rum.
— Navdeep Singh (@SinghNavdeep) January 9, 2018
Currently, Mohan Meakin Ltd is a multi-faceted business house with a turnover exceeding Rs 400 crore.