An institution’s pride lies in the elevation of the status and constant success of the people who called it home once and still do. We at The Scindia School have been constantly cultivating a spirit of enterprise and sound intellect, infused with a sense of service in every Scindian for the last 121 years, because we realize that their prosperity and growth is integral to ours. Acknowledging such alumni, who prove to be exceptions among the kinds, has been a tradition for the School. Belonging to the same legacy is Mr Pradeep S Mehta, a consumer activist par excellence who has carved an extraordinary niche for himself as a global thought leader.
His achievements during School undoubtedly contributed to the shaping of his multifaceted personality. After leaving School, he graduated in commerce from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and further enhanced his education through a spectrum of courses in Business, Law, Marketing and Management.
In the early 1980s, he founded CUTS - Consumer Unity & Trust Society and launched a Hindi monthly newspaper known as Gram Gadar, which served as a mouthpiece that helped the poor understand the government schemes vis-à-vis their social and economic relevance. CUTS has focussed on consumer protection, economic policy, competition law, human development and social change. Mr Mehta has walked that extra mile to empathize with the marginalized communities not only in the developing countries but also in developed countries such as the USA. CUTS has grown into a global organisation with a widespread reach in over 13 countries including United States, Switzerland, Zambia, Kenya and Vietnam.
Noted trade economist Prof Jagdish Bhagwati wrote in 2008 – “Not just for India, but for developing countries and indeed for the world, he is what the Japanese call – A Living Treasure”.
Currently he is the Secretary General and Treasurer of CUTS; Chairman of the Advisory Board of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment and the Co-Chairman of the International Network of Civil Society Organization on Competition. In addition, he has published over 1500 articles in reputed newspapers and magazines to mobilise public opinion on issues that are close to his heart.
The Scindia School takes pride in Mr Mehta’s stellar contribution in the field of Consumer Activism and confers on Mr Pradeep S Mehta the Madhav Award as an Old Boy of Eminence for the year 2018. His life is both an extension and expression of the education that he imbibed at The Scindia School.