The life of Mr.Navin M Raheja, is the shining example of today’s emerging India.
It is the success story of a middle-class boy who, without much resources, built
a legacy of business environment &CSR and took it to the highest global
standards. And his journey continues.
Mr. Raheja’s stewardship and dedication of his team has led to Raheja Developers, India’s top real estate company bagging 38 prestigious national and international awards during past two years alone. In a thumping addition to Mr. Raheja’s glorious strings of successes, the Euromoney International Poll of 2011 judged Raheja Developers as ``The Best Developer In India’’. At present, the worth of Raheja Developers projects at hand exceeds` 100 billion.
But success did not come easy to Mr. Raheja. In fact, Mr. Raheja’s guiding principle remains “Don’t chase money, do good job and move on, money will chase you.” Mr. Raheja’s recent appointment as president of National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) - the apex body of real-estate developers in India- is the latest milestone of his illustrious career. He is also the chairman of the Real Estate Council of ASSOCHAM as well as executive member of FICCI and CII, the top three chambers of commerce in India.
An almost debt-free company with the highest customer satisfaction index, Raheja Developers is professionally managed by a qualified Board of Directors. The company is working in diverse segments such as group housing projects, commercial complexes, malls, multiplexes, hotels, SEZs, EWS mass housing, slum rehabilitation and development of townships.
Born into a middle-class family of late Mr. Maheshwar Nath Raheja, a Government officer on transferable jobs, and Mrs. Krishna Raheja (a home-maker). Navin Raheja studied in various Government schools in the cities of Punjab and Haryana. With virtually no facility, a young Navin often had to study in the light of a kerosene lamp/street lights - but this did not deter him from remaining topper throughout, from class onwards. He topped the state’s school board examinations. The consequent national scholarships he received on account of his academic brilliance paved for his free education till his Masters in Business Economics from Delhi University as also the post-graduation diploma in journalism.
Mr. Raheja’s mother, late Mrs. Krishna Raheja, has been the biggest inspiration for him. Through her, he imbibed the values of truthfulness, hard-work, dedication and commitment to the country and humanity. Mrs.Raheja herself was a noted Vedic scholar who was conferred with `Yagyabrahman’.
Apart from his work, Mr. Raheja is passionate about wildlife and nature. In his spare times, he can often be sighted at least once a month in national parks and sanctuaries- both in India and abroad. At times, he accompanies the dedicated team of Raheja Productions which is set up to create awareness about conservation of forest and wildlife. He had been a member of the Steering Committee of the Project Tiger, under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Deeply anguished over the dwindling wildlife of India, Mr. Raheja in the late 90s filed public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court which passed several path-breaking verdicts leading to turn around of India’s Tiger population.
Despite his prolific schedule, Mr. Raheja takes time out to write magazine and newspaper articles on wildlife and nature, and even take up the animal right issues on television channels. People at time wonder if he is the same man who is read almost daily in the media as India’s top developer!
Mr. Raheja is also involved in several CSR initiatives which support free education, nutrition, clothing & medical care to hundreds of underprivileged children.
Mr. Raheja says he has no intentions of hanging up his boots- ever. He works tirelessly for over 17 hours every day, and is the guiding force behind the team Raheja.
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