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September 2001

Family of The Bhogal's

   Sardar Mohinder Singh Bhogal, founder and the main pillar of Bhogal Sons (Regd.), was born on Jan 18th,1927 at Jabalpur. His Father's name is Sardar Karam Singh. In April 1938 his father came to Ludhiana and started to make cycle parts at the workshop of Sardar Chanan Singh Sohal by the name of Chakkar and Co. As his business grew, he called his elder son Sardar Mohinder Singh to come and help him in his new establishment. In 1939, with the outbreak of the IInd World War, acute scarcity of Bicycle parts, which used to be imported from UK, was felt. At this needing hour, M.S. Bhogal lost no opportunity and started producing cycle parts such as the B.B.Axles, Hub Cones on general purpose Lathe machines. The production of these parts on general purpose Lathes was too low and the need for Special Purpose Lathes was felt. Production of any sort of Machine Tool was then banned due to the war as all such activity needed prior government permission. In 1943, M.S.Bhogal courageously took the initiative and purchased castings of a Lathe machine. After carrying out certain modifications M.S.Bhogal was able to carve out a three and a half inches Special Purpose Lathe out of ordinary lathe casting in a span of seven days by working day and night. Owing to this innovation they achieved multifold rise in production of cycle parts. They are the pioneers to give automation to the cycle parts industry in 1950.

     After independence, M.S.Bhogal manufactured India's first ever Automatic Machine to produce Cycle Parts in the year 1954. The fame and name of this innovation reached the first premier of Free India , Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The then Secretary Industries ,Shri HVR Iyenger (ICS) and Development Commissioner SSI were deputed to verify the facts. His reports really impressed the Central Government and Pt. Nehru made special reference to Bhogal's achievements. Later on Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, then Union Minister for Industries, visited Bhogal Sons (Regd.) and inaugurated an Automatic Machine with his benign hands. Dignitaries like Sh Partap Singh Kairon and many other national leaders also visited and appreciated the indigenous development of the Automatic Machine.
    With Bhogal Sons (Regd.), the flagship unit and Bhogal Exports, the exporting arm, the group consists of 5 companies spread over 25,000 square metres of area and employ more than 600 people. During all these years BHOGAL group has maintained its lead through entrepreneurship in indigenous process developments. It has ensured not only good quality of its products but has also kept the costs within control. All of his brothers, (Late)Sardar Sachinder Singh, Sardar Dhanwant Singh, Sardar Patwant Singh, (Late)Sardar Hardaman Singh, Sardar Pardaman Singh and Sardar Surinder Singh, have contributed a lot to make the company eligible to get so many awards for it's quality. They had received 'Udyog Patra Award' from Vice President of India in 1983. They have also received 'Export Award' from Govt. of Punjab state in 1980-81 for the first time export of Cold Forged Products.
     In nutshell every Ramgarhia feels proud of Bhogal's. They have not only contributed towards the nations development through export but have also proved that if one has a strong will power and determination he can not only achieve his dreams but also help and guide the needy.

                                His Message:
S.Mohinder Singh Bhogal has a firm belief from his past experience that 'Work is Worship'. His advice to the young is that they must develop the habit of hard work right from the beginning. He also feels that every individual must learn to work with his own hands and acquire some practical skill. This saves him from dependence on others, apart from enabling him to help the needy. Punctuality, he believes, is the best habit to acquire. It saves a man from mental tension and brings him calmness of temper. The punctual never gets worsted in life. One should always try to speak the truth.

Previous Families of the Month
The Kular's Family (August 2001)

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