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Nitin Gadkari unveils Marathi edition of Subhash Chandra’s autobiography

MUMBAI: Prominent political leaders of the country hailing from Maharashtra came together on 2 March to celebrate the birth anniversary of its beloved poet Kusumagraj.

On the occasion, Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group chairman Dr Subhash Chandra released the Marathi edition of his autobiography ‘The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time’. The Marathi edition was unveiled by the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari.

The ceremony, held at the ITC Grand Central Hotel, also witnessed the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Rajya Sabha MP and former Maharashtra CM Sharad Pawar, and former CM Prithviraj Chavan.

LTR-Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Dr. Subhash Chandra, Shri Sharad Pawar and Shri Prithviraj Chavan


The English edition of Dr Chandra’s best-selling autobiography was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2016, followed by the launch of the Hindi edition by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi in September 2016.

Paying a tribute to the city of Mumbai and Marathi culture, Dr Chandra said, “While Haryana is my ‘janmabhoomi’ (homeland), Mumbai is my ‘karmabhoomi’ (land of work). After living and working in Mumbai for the last 35 years, I feel that I have been accepted as a Maharashtrian. Mumbai is the land of dreams, where like me, millions of people strive to make their dreams come true. At Essel Group, it has always been our endeavour to preserve and promote the true essence of Marathi culture through our various ventures such as Zee Marathi, Zee Talkies, Zee Yuva, Zee 24 Taas and our Marathi films like ‘Natarang’, ‘Fandry, ‘Killa’, ‘Lay Bhari’, ‘Natsamrat’ and ‘Sairat’. I am extremely grateful and humbled by all the encouragement and support that this wonderful city has bestowed on me. This week, on 27 February, the birth anniversary of the renowned Marathi poet Kusumagraj, Maharashtra celebrated ‘Marathi Bhaasha Diwas’. The Marathi translation of my autobiography ‘The Z Factor’ is a small contribution from my side to Marathi ‘bhaasha’ (language), culture, identity and tradition.”

Unveiling the Marathi edition of ‘The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time’, politicians present at the event commented:

Dr. Subhash Chandra’s autobiography is now available in Marathi
Nitin Gadkari: My association with Subhashji has extended for over 30 years. His most striking feature is that he never hides behind his words. It was on my recommendation that he stepped into the infrastructure sector. However, for one road project, I felt that he would lose Rs 250 crore, so I recommended him not to continue with that project. He then told me that once I have put my hand into a project, I will see it into completion, whether or not there is any loss. And with this resolve and determination, Dr Chandra has completed more than 2,000 kilometres of road projects in the country over the years. If the youth of our country take challenges like Subhashji, then our nation would touch new heights.

Devendra Fadnavis: Subhash Chandra is a person who has shown us that a common man can do extraordinary work. It is a miracle that Subhashji came to Delhi with only Rs 17 in his pocket and now he has established such a successful empire. He has accepted all the challenges in his life. Essel World is also a big example of his great vision. Subhashji has challenged established companies and has got success. He has referred to his failures in his autobiography with full honesty and without any hesitation.

Sharad Pawar: When I read his book, I got to know various aspects of his personality. The most important aspect of his life is that he is never scared of challenges. He faces all the problems with full determination. We are proud of such a great man. Overcoming all difficulties and obstacles, Subhashji has established ZEE as a successful brand. He also has been elected to the Rajya Sabha on his own strength.

Prithviraj Chavan: Subhash Chandra’s life is a direct inspiration. Each youth and Marathi person must read his autobiography. Subhashji left his education mid-way, but he never got defeated. Even today with his busy schedule, he manages to share his experiences with students and guide them for a better life.