This interesting book presents an overview of individual private and public companies over the years following Independence, and lays out the panorama of the vigorous, dynamic and robust industrial scene that India enjoys today
The study of the history of Indian companies was a little-known field before Prof. Dwijendra Tripathi began to explore the nuances of how Indian enterprises have evolved over centuries. His 2004 volume, The Oxford History of Indian Business, was a detailed research work of the various models of business that had existed in India through the ages, from the nagar sheths to the traders who traveled far and wide with Indian goods. That book laid out the beginnings of modern Indian business under colonial rule: Dwarkanath Tagore’s ambitious plans for setting up a railway line, Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy’s building of Mumbai, Jamsetji Tata’s dream to create India’s own steel mill, and many more stories of courage and pioneering spirit under difficult circumstances. A fascinating exposition, it showed that Indian entrepreneurs have always been buoyant, even in the restrictive business environment of the British era.