Vijay Eswaran: Learning From Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings are usually tied to political and civil struggles facing nations, but one man has also taken them to heart in the business community. That man is Vijay Eswaran, a successful entrepreneur who co-founded QI Group, and a philanthropist whose given to others through the RYTHM Foundation.

To Eswaran, Gandhi’s teachings of using peace and good ethics and principles as a means to fight injustice also have a place in a world that’s usually dominated by greed and doing anything to get ahead.

Instead, Eswaran promotes tranquility and spirituality at his company and believes in Gandhi’s other principles of listening and observing before speaking. Eswaran’s accomplishments have earned him many honorable mentions and accolades in Forbes Asia.

Vijay Eswaran is originally from Malaysia but has lived throughout the world and had close ties to India, Singapore, The Philippines and other nations.

He attended college at the London School of Economics where he got his early business training in socio-economics. Eswaran didn’t start his career in a comfy corporate office, but instead found himself working several manual labor jobs in construction, grape harvesting and cab driving prior to founding a company.

He completed his MBA at Southern Illinois University in 1986 and started out as a consultant for IT companies including IBM and Synaptics.

Eswaran started multilevel marketing as a part time job while still living in the US, but then returned to Malaysia and started going into it full time.

According to QBuzz, Vijay Eswaran helped the Cosway Group, a Malaysian multilevel marketing company launch a new branch in the Philippines, but then decided he was going to form his own company. In 1998, Eswaran co-founded QI Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries.

QI Group is primarily known for its direct selling company, QNet which sells jewelry, home improvement products and miscellaneous items through independent sales representatives. QI Group also owns QI Asset Management, a financial company that owns several real estate vacation properties and offers loan and credit services.

They also sponsor a marketing and sales training program through Quest International University Perak and own a logistics and warehouse chain at Quex Courier.