Ashok Kumar Malhotra honoured as the ‘Publishing Icon’


Ashok Kumar Malhotra, the Founder of the MBD Group—a first-generation entrepreneur and one of the pioneers of the publishing industry in India—was honoured with the title of ‘Publishing Icon’ at the International Publishers Congress 2018. Ashok Kumar Malhotra, perhaps the youngest publisher ever, who published a self-authored book when he was just 13, was a true visionary; he dreamt of creating an MBD product for every literate person. He was a force in shaping the publishing sector in India and elsewhere; not only did he understand the significance of creative learning, but he was also instrumental in modernising the publishing business and introducing contemporary learning practices among other things. He was a man with a mission to transform a book-selling business unit into a financial giant and one of the successful brands of all times.

Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group said, “I am overwhelmed by this recognition accorded to my father whose vision and legacy had laid the solid foundation upon which the MBD Group stands today. As a father, he is the perfect role model and whatever we have achieved today is solely because of his guidance and life lessons we have learned from him.”

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