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Inder Sharma was a man of golden heart and dogged spirits: Lt. Governor of Delhi

Late Inder Sharma’s autobiography – All Doors Opened – released in Delhi

Monday, April 23, 2018, 12:00 Hrs  [IST]
By HBI Staff | New Delhi

Commemorating Late Inder Sharma, the Founder of SITA Travel World, a towering personality in India’s travel and tourism industry, and a Padma Shri awardee, on the release of his autobiography – All Doors Opened – Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor of Delhi, said that Sharma was a “man with a golden heart and dogged spirits” whose views were always respected by one and all.  Recollecting the years when both were members in the Board of Air India, Baijal said that as a stalwart of the travel & tourism industry, Sharma’s viewpoints always commanded respected in the Board.

Although Sharma ventured into commercial real estate hesitantly, he was able to establish one of the best commercial malls in the country by setting high standards and bringing the best of the global brands into the space, the L-G said. Baijal also remembered how he came forward to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining a community park in front of Select City Walk in Delhi when government looked for a private partner after a laborious restoration effort of the place.

Remembering Sharma as a “man full of ideas”, former Tourism Minister and eminent Parliamentarian, Karan Singh said that the idea of PPP that people are talking about today was put forward by Inder Sharma 50 years ago. Singh said that Sharma always liked travel and parties, and was not meant to be “running shops.” Despite his mercurial rise in business, Sharma never “lost his roots” and was compassionate to the poor and needy, Singh said.

SK Sharma, former Secretary-Tourism, Government of India, who wrote the Foreword to the Book said that Sharma’s professional life was devoted to introducing India to the rest of the wold.

Ashwini Kumar, Parliamentarian and former Union Minister called Sharma the true “tourism ambassador of India” to the outside world.

Balbir Punj, well known Parliamentarian and columnist, said that travel was not a profession for Late Inder Sharma, but was an obsession. He said that ‘Inder Uncle’s’ persona was so big to fit into any book or even a film.

Arjun Sharma, MD of the Select Group of Companies, said that the proceeds of the book will go to charity and for the dispensary Late Sharma has set up in village Lalowal Village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

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