Contemporaries and towering figures

Irrespective of his social and political leanings, Sir Dhanajisha Cooper had good relations with prominent personalities of those times.

Father of Shri Bal Thackeray, Prabhodnkar Keshav Thackeray, a great social reformer of the times, was part of the local board committees with Sir Dhanajisha and the guiding force behind his political career.

During his childhood, the great social reformer Bharatratna Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar stayed in an old bungalow that belonged to Sir Dhanjisha, in front of Prasi agyari. Dr Ambedkar and Sir Dhanajisha both represented Mumbai legislative council at the same time. Sir Dhanjisha became Prime minister of erstwhile Bombay Presidency in 1937 for short duration. The Congress party was trying to bring vote against Sir Dhanajisha and approached Dr. Ambedkar, who categorically denied any help. Kirloskars and Coopers were competing each other and the competition led to cutting prices of ploughs. Shankarrao Kirloskar, brother of Laxmanrao, thought that this competition would kill both business and approached Sir Dhansjisha. They prepared a price list and commission rates together, which were approved jointly.

The relationship continued for years with Shantanurao Kirloskar and his son Chandrakant Kirloskar. Cooper is the preferred vendor by Kirloskar Cummins from 1960 till now. The healthy business rivalry is still on – with Farrokh Cooper restarting the Engine business in 2010 but still maintaining the good relations!

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