Marwar - - Book Excerpt -

The in­dus­trial en­trepreneur­ship of the Mar­waris rose to its peak af­ter In­de­pen­dence. The Mo­nop­oly In­quiry Com­mis­sion con­sti­tuted in 1965 pre­pared a list of one hun­dred and forty-seven large in­dus­tries which con­trolled the vi­tal fields of pro­duc­tion in In­dia. It is be­lieved that at one time nearly sixty per cent of in­dus­try in In­dia was in the hands of the Mar­waris. Their con­trol over in­dus­try was more wide­spread ge­o­graph­i­cally than that of their Gu­jarati coun­ter­parts.

Even to­day, the com­mu­nity bags many na­tional and in­ter­na­tional awards an­nu­ally for qual­ity goods, in­no­va­tive prod­ucts, cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, and the like. By max­imis­ing ex­ports, they have out­dis­tanced other in­dus­tri­al­ists in earn­ing for­eign ex­change. These trail­blaz­ing en­trepreneurs have now turned their at­ten­tion to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. They have not only ex­plored mar­kets of de­vel­oped coun­tries like the US, Ja­pan, Australia, Bri­tain and Ger­many but are play­ing an im­por­tant role in the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of Kenya, Uganda, Afghanistan, In­done­sia and Tan­za­nia. Gov­ern­ments of var­i­ous coun­tries fre­quently in­vite them to as­sist and par­tic­i­pate in en­hanc­ing their na­tional eco­nomic devel­op­ment and growth.

Be­low: Chandni Chowk was the prin­ci­pal seat of busi­ness. North In­dian busi­ness­men con­ducted their oper­a­tions from small shops. Even to­day, Chandni Chowk con­tin­ues to be a hub of busi­ness and re­mains one of In­dia’s largest whole­sale mar­kets.

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