Harish Mariwala, Chairman & MD, Marico Industries: We are realising more and more that society has a significant stake and role to play in the growth of every individual and organisation. It then follows that some part of the wealth built by the individual or organisation owes its origin to society. In a steady state scenario, this issue may not be difficult to sort out - one could follow the Islamic Zakat approach and give a fixed percentage to charity or to society. But when it comes to estate planning or leaving behind a legacy through a will, there would arise a question, where your guidance and views will be enlightening. What proportion of a rich person’s wealth should one bequeath to society?
All spirituality lies in our deeds and empathy towards others
All deeds should be with practical integrity and means should be more important than the ends.
More than anything else in life, I work for a sense of achievement, which I judge and am not bothered about what others think.
I have far lesser wealth than people think but far more than I need. Wealth also has a purpose in life.
I realise that all things in life including wealthy, success and beauty are transient and temporary.
Therefore I never take them for granted nor am I overwhelmed or over-influenced by them.
The divine is the giver of all wealth, and along with the wealth, has cast upon us a responsibility that as far as possible must be used for a good purpose.
I would seek your divine views and thoughts on my beliefs and principles of life.