The year 2016 promises to be a milestone in the annals of the Dempo group of entities. Come 4th March, and we shall be marking the birth centenary of the group founder, the late Vasantrao S. Dempo, a captain of industry who is recognised as one of the few makers of modern Goa (and was awarded a Padmashree by the Government of India in 1991 for his exemplary services to industry). A philanthropist without equal, an educationist without parallel, Vasantrao was Chairman Emeritus of the Dempo Group of Companies, famed as much for his aristocratic bearing as for his game-changing industrial exploits in the group’s flagship activity, the mining and export of iron ore.
In the year 2007, the group published a special issue of its in-house journal, ‘Kalpavriksha’ (a term used in the region to designate the coconut tree, a sacred symbol dear to the late Vasantrao in life). The special number was devoted almost wholly to our Founder.
In preparation for the date with history early next year that the Dempo Group shall be keeping, we take pleasure in reproducing large sections of the special issue of ‘Kalpavriksha’ for visitors to the Site. In view of the publication relating to a time seven years ago, a few of the developments in the group’s activities since need to be put into the proper context. As such, you are invited first to read the explanatory editorial note below, before dipping into the sections that evoke the multiple facets of the extraordinary personality that Vasantrao S Dempo was, a figure of reverence and inspiration to all at DEMPO.