How a Muslim-Jewish romance shaped one of India’s biggest pharma giants
|KA Hamied and Luba Hamied.|
Yusuf K Hamied: Maker of generic life-saving medications and scourge of the giant multi-national pharmaceutical houses.
KA Hamied with his his father, brothers, nieces, and son Yusuf.
|The family of KA Hamied|
|KA Hamied was active in Indian Political affairs throughout his life|
|KA and Luba Hamied with his good friend Zakir Hussain (second from left) who became President of India|
|Berlin, 1928: KA Hamied and Luba with Maulana Mahommad Ali (trademark crescent on his hat), the leader of the Khilafat Movement.|
Their son Yusuf was born in Wilno during his parents’ last visit there before the Holocaust. Yusuf is the Arabic form of the Hebrew name Joseph. It was the name of Luba’s grandfather, and hence pleasing to her family, as well as the first name of the Polish president, Józef Piłsudski, and so flattering to the Hamieds’ Polish friends. A month after his birth, Yusuf’s parents took him back to Bombay.
|The Hamieds with her Jewish parents and their children – Yusuf and Sophie.|
Yusuf and Sophie with their paternal grandmother Masud Jehan Begum, who descended from the family of Amir Shuja ul-Mulk of Afghanistan.
|Shaar Hashamaim Synagogue in Thane.|
|KA Hamied believed that there should be “no compulsion in religion”.|
Hamied always enthusiastically urged a partnership between Jews and Muslims. He loved to talk about Islamic Spain, where Jews and Muslims had joined to create a golden age, and once said that “if the Jews, with their wealth, knowledge and scientific skill and Arabs made a common cause, they would have a strong empire covering West Asia and the entire coast of South Mediterranean”.
|KA And Yusuf Hamied created a successful multinational pharmaceutical company with a social conscience.|
|Yusuf Hamied addressing the Indian Drug Manufacturers Association, 1976.|