How the Business World has shaped the Indian Personality

There’s no doubt that India has one of the world’s largest growing economy. It’s the world’s seventh largest economy according to the nominal GDP as well as having the third largest purchasing power parity in the world. However, this change has been more rapid than ever in the past few years and it has led to mold the personality of the Indian businessman.

The Indian business personality can be traced far back to Govindram Seksaria (1888 – 1946) nicknamed the ‘Cotton King of the World’. Govindram started his business amidst heavy resistance against the British Empire in pre-independence years. Through hard work and adversity, he managed to continue trading cotton and other commodities and founding the Indian Stock Exchange.

The trend continued following the founding fathers of the industry. Much hardworking middle to low-class Indians began to envision a better life for themselves and their families.  They managed to combine their high ambitions with their skills and family trades in the dairy, textile, food, and agricultural industry. During this period many Indian personalities began to emerge that would go on to be the founders of leading brands such as Ardeshir Godrej (Godrej group), Verghese Kurien (Amul), and Dhirajlal Ambani (Reliance Industries)

Eventually, the technological age began to surface and many Indian’s would start to forge their lives in the tech world. With an eagerness to strive forward and remain true to their determination, many Indians readily accepted the world of IT and technology. Today you can find countless examples of young entrepreneurs entering the field such as CEO of Star Infranet Anand Mishra among others.

It’s no secret that India will continue to foster new business personalities through the years. Whether it’s the CEO Bhavish Aggarwal of Ola Cabs or CEO of Star Infranet Anand Mishra, there’s something innate in the Indian business personality that stands the test of time.

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