Anand Mahindra: ‘We’ll catch up in another galaxy.’ Anand Mahindra mourns ‘old friend’ Vikram Kirloskar

On Wednesday, the world woke up to saddening news of the sudden passing of industry veteran Vikram Kirloskar, the man behind India’s growth in the automotive industry. The business tycoon and the Vice-Chairman of the Toyota Kirloskar Motor, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 64 following a heart attack.

His sudden passing, which has left a void in the business world, shocked many including Anand Mahindra, who took to Twitter to express his grief over the demise of his “old friend”.

Mourning the passing of “an industry colleague”, the chairman of Mahindra Group said that he will always treasure the memory of Kirloskar, a warm human who always had a smile on his face.

“I mourn the passing of an industry colleague. I grieve for a friend from my school & college days. But above all, I treasure the memory of a warm human being who ALWAYS had a smile on his face,” Mahindra wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of Kirloskar.
The 67-year-old signed off his note by adding that he will catch up his “old friend” in another galaxy, far away.

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“We’ll catch up, old friend, in another galaxy, far away. Om Shanti,” Mahindra added.

‘Huge Loss’
Apart from Mahindra, several other Indian bosses also paid a tribute to the 64-year-old, who was the fourth generation of the Kirloskar family which has been in the business for over 130 years.

The Managing Director of Bajaj Capital, Sanjiv Bajaj, bid adieu to the VC of Toyota India and said that his contribution to the automobile industry will live on.

“Huge Loss! Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar, dies of heart attack at the age of 64! His contribution to the automobile industry will be remembered forever! Om Shanti! #VikramKirloskar,” Bajaj tweeted.

Meanwhile, politician Jairam Ramesh, member of Rajya Sabha, who shared a close relationship with Kirloskar for over 35 years, recalled their conversations through the years.

Ramesh revealed that the business tycoon was an engineer to the core even though he had varied interests.

“Vikram Kirloskar & I shared a close personal relationship for over 35 years.I recall the many times we talked about Indian machine tool & auto industry especially. It was always an education for me. He had varied interests but he was an engineer to the core having studied at MIT,” Ramesh tweeted.

Kirloskar is survived by his wife Geetanjali and daughter Manasi who is married to Noel Tata’s son Neville Tata


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