Obituary: Amrutkumar Rath, president – HR, Bajaj Auto

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Rath and his wife Padmaja lost their lives in a car accident, while their two children suffered serious injuries.

It was a fateful day on July 10, when Bajaj Auto lost its top HR leader, Amrutkumar Rath, in a car accident on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The unfortunate incident also took the life of Rath’s wife.However, their two children—18-year old Adisha and 10-year old Alman— escaped with serious injuries and are currently under medical care. The incident happened around 60 km from Pune, at Malavli, when they hit the median of the highway.

A resident of Wakad in Pune, the family had set out to Mumbai in their BMW car early in the morning to drop off Rath’s sister. They were returning to Pune when Rath apparently lost control of the vehicle.

An electrical engineer from Sambalpur University, Rath started his career with Tata Motors, where he spent around nine years. It’s at Tata Motors that he shifted to HR and his last designation was senior manager-corporate HR.

While at Tata Motors, he also completed his management education programme from IIM Ahmedabad, in 1997.

In 2003, Rath moved to the Godrej Group as VP- HR for Godrej Sara Lee. He stayed put with the Group for the next six years handling various roles. He was named EV-P, HR & business development – Godrej Sara Lee and later promoted to EV-P, HR at Godrej FMCG. His last designation at Godrej was EV-P, corporate HR at Godrej Industries.

In 2007, he also completed the Advanced Human Resource Executive Programme (AHREP) from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Rath joined Bajaj Auto in 2009 as VP- HR and was elevated to Sr VP- HR in 2013. He took over as president-R, a year later in 2014.

Rath’s demise is a huge loss to the organisation and the industry. Observing bereavement, Bajaj Auto declared a shut-down on Monday.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Very sad , rest in peace
    Jindagi shanbhagur hai
    May their children come out of the critical condition soon n stay healthy n happy now onwards ,
    Vacume left will be always felt
    Once again deep condolence to their family ,
    May the husband n wife bless their kids from heaven

  2. My heartfelt condolences. May the souls rest in peace. May the Almighty give abundant strength to the children to bear the irreversible loss.

  3. Its really shocking and tragic. May their souls rest in peace.
    Heartfelt condolence to the family.
    Hope the Company (Bajaj auto) has adequate cover to take care of the family.

  4. A very abrupt and unexpected end to a graceful career and the world has a great HR personality; sincere condolences to all the family members and may God give enough strength and will power to both the children to overcome their physical injuries and the great mental personal be losses of both parents.

    “We know not the plans of the Almighty, but must know that we must always be prepared for the last journey; the few measureable times we spend on Earth, must have deeds and acts that would make the world remember us even when we are not there.”

  5. Ghosh I know Amruth.. What a sad and shocking incident . Such a young guy . My heart reaches out to the children and pray that they get courage and hope to grow and live their lives .

    God give them energy to come Out of this well.

  6. it’s great loss to our HR fraternity as Amrut achieved a glorious career in a very short time. He was an excellent human being. My heartfelt condolence for the family. I wish and pray that both his children recovered fast and their career must be taken care by Bajaj Auto with whom Mr.Rath spent nearly 7 years….Once again my obituary to both Mr. & Mrs Rath. Let the Heavenly Father bless the departed soul to RIP

  7. No words to express the personal loss. I pray the almighty to give enough courage and blessing to the family, and speedy recovery of Adisha and Alman.

  8. Great loss to the entire hr fraternity. Such a great human being. God please give courage to his childrens to face this difficult phase in life. May his and mam’s soul rest on place.

  9. I deeply regret to know at the sudden demise of young couple at their prime age, leaving their two children.

    I pray the Almightly to rest their souls on peace.

    With sorrowful heart,

  10. Very Sad Indeed. May their souls rest in peace and give the children, the strength required to bear this irreparable loss.

  11. Very shocking.May their souls rest in peace.May God bless speedy recovery to the children and strength to bear this loss. Bajaj Auto should care of the children’s welfare.

  12. I know Amrut since his childhood from 1979.and have seen him growing .A jewel of the large Rath family and eldest son of an illustrious couple known in the state for their literary bend of mind.his fa ther Dr Gopal Rath ,who retired from SAMBALPUR University as professor of Law is also a poet and literary genius.He was awarded SAHITYA ACADEMYaward by Gov of India in 2014.
    Amrut,,an affable and endeared personality in the family and his place of work was at the peak of his carrier at the the time of his demise.
    RIP.

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