Way back in 1919 when the spirit of nationalism was gaining momentum in India, a young lawyer decided to follow his dream… a dream that would take him away from his traditional family law practice to establish industry; what the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called ‘the temples of modern India’.

Believing that economic development is the secret of a nation’s strength and to harness it, business potential had to be properly channelized, Mr. CM Kothari ventured into capital markets and stock broking. The Madras Stock Exchange, of which he was the Founder-President, exemplifies his pioneering spirit.