Leave an indelible imprint of excellence, compassion and patriotism
Shri Dinesh Goyal, Managing Director of Goyal Brothers Prakashan, is a respected name among India’s leading traditional family publishing houses. He is a multifaceted leader who wears many coats, such as that of an educator, planner and strategist, in addition to providing leadership advice to several publishing industry committees and associations. as well as educational institutions. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, the seasoned publisher believes that of all of his accomplishments, his nation-building contribution has been the achievement that is most important to him. Today, the family business has grown into a global conglomerate comprising an export company, a state-of-the-art printing press, a clothing manufacturing division and a chain of medical diagnostic centers.
What family values have made you the person you have become?
I was born in December 1960 in Haryana, when India was still in its infancy and life was a tough struggle, even for a wealthy family like ours. We, seven brothers and sisters, grew up in a home where the emphasis was on Indian culture and the inculcation of moral values such as love, truth, service and patriotism. As part of the traditional culture that we followed, it was obligatory to greet the elders morning and evening. It was also compulsory to eat together. They say: “A family that eats together stays together”, which is true because in our case, this filial bond is still very strong, and even today the third generation is pushing the family business forward through collective decisions and with the same spirit of mutual aid, love and respect.
We saw our father, Shri Kewal Ram Gupta, founder of the publishing house Goyal Brothers Prakashan (GBP), working very hard with the determined goal of spreading education, meanwhile, that was the way to empower the people who would then move the nation forward. . Sadly, he passed away early in my life and my older brother took over the fledgling business and family responsibility. I joined him later after I finished my studies; so did my younger brother, while the younger became a doctor. Together, we five brothers carried on our father’s legacy of service to the homeland and his dream of educating India in homage to him.
After joining the family business, how did you develop it?
I was carefree and passionate about sports. For me, education was just a way to learn, until life dealt us a severe blow with the untimely death of my father. I joined the publishing industry and turned to my older brother for advice and support. When I started my career in the publishing industry, it was a time when the education sector in India was in its infancy. The government is investing heavily in research and training to improve the low literacy rate. I could see a huge unexplored opportunity in education, and being full of initiative, I decided to make the most of this opportunity. So, I have personally spotted some knowledgeable and intelligent pedagogues who could help me provide quality education for all through outstanding educational books. Simultaneously, I have kept pace with the international development of trends and innovations in the quality of content, range of books and subjects, as well as their presentation, which have caught the attention of the public not only in India but also in abroad. International demand grew so rapidly that we were forced to venture into exporting material from other Indian publishers to countries like Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Like my father, my heart was in education, because I believed that there was no end to learning. Therefore, I have remained committed to this vision, which is the engine of my passion and the secret of my success.
What sets your business apart as an exporter of publications?
My foresight and my strategy are what set us apart. The approach I initiated in the 1980s paid off, and soon we not only dominated the Indian market due to the huge patronage that schools gave us, but GBP was also recognized and patronized in as a publisher of quality books and enjoyed enormous goodwill abroad. . Shortly after the consolidation of the parent publishing house I started another company namely Goyal Brothers Overseas (GBO) as a business unit of GBP and other larger publishing companies. Today, more than 20,000 schools sponsor Pound Sterling publications, with Pounds Selling over £ 10.00million in India and exporting over £ 6.00million. Today, GBO is regarded as one of the leading book exporters in India and, for more than 10 consecutive years, has won several honors, including the coveted CAPEXIL Award from the Indian government.
Another important aspect of our business is that we are not replacing our workforce; instead, we are creating new avenues to create jobs for new people, train unskilled people and develop skilled people, which not only makes them productive but also enables them to achieve their lifelong aspirations. We strive for at least 50 percent of our workforce to contribute to the public treasury as taxpayers, which in turn contributes to the country’s development goals.
You are a member of the main federations and associations of publishers in the country. What do you have to say about the resulting responsibilities?
It is an honor that my peers place their trust in me and my decision to defend our collective cause. I believe that once one accepts responsibility, then it is one’s duty to ensure that justice is served and that things are taken to their logical end. I have expressed the grievances of our industry and hope that the government opts for bolder reforms, encouraging healthy competition in the industry and ensuring that all stakeholders enjoy a level playing field. I think clear guidelines should be established; furthermore, they should be strictly followed and reviewed from time to time to bring accountability. The implementation and execution, price control, and quality and content control of publications are fundamental to a robust publishing industry. Additionally, as an industry, we should be subject to the GST, which will define the collective value of the sector and give us a compelling voice to present our case to government.
The Covid pandemic has been devastating for everyone. How have you helped the teaching community and the children whose parents have been affected?
Nation building is at the heart of everything we do. God has been good in that, through years of economy and hard work, we have been able to survive the losses caused by the pandemic. We believe it is our responsibility to help those in need. We have supported many children through the schools as anonymous donors, providing free books and uniforms as well as fees. In addition, we have contributed to sports, military schools and other wellness activities such as healthcare through our MRI centers in the form of, for example, the provision free diagnostic services during Covid. It is during such a crisis that one must come forward and contribute selflessly to the nation. We believe in giving back to society, never forgetting for once that the country has given us so much, including our identity as descendants of a great civilization.
What advice do you give the younger generation and what is your vision for the future?
To the younger generation, I would say the years between 25 and 45 will be your most productive years where you shouldn’t be counting the hours you invest in your job. Passion and perseverance are the key to success. Avoid job leaps, which are detrimental to growth prospects. “Nation First” should be your dominant emotion.
Personally my vision has always been and always is to do something right and stay focused on education and more importantly whatever I do it must help build the nation.