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Obituary: Ashok C Burman (July 19, 1930 - July 9, 2011)

Ashok Burman was unafraid to take risks - even the risk of minimizing his own role at Dabur, which until his time had been a staunchly family-run business.

Shamni Pande   New Delhi     Last Updated: July 27, 2011  | 22:45 IST

Ashok Burman was unafraid to take risks - even the risk of minimizing his own role at Dabur, which until his time had been a staunchly family-run business.  In 1997, he decided that his family should move out of management role at Dabur in order to help the company grow.  I was one of the last journalists to interview Burman.  

The 82-year-old patriarch received me at his Delhi house on the tony Rajesh Pilot Marg in June; he passed away in London on Saturday, 9 July 2011.  Burman spoke sitting in a wheelchair, but he was still an active consultant to the company's current leadership.

Listen to excerpts from the interview below, as Burman spoke about Dabur's growth and some of his most controversial decisions.

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