Jagdish Chandra Mahindra was born circa 1892 in Ludhiana, Punjab. The eldest of nine children, the loss of his father at an early age placed the responsibility for the family on his shoulders. He believed strongly in the power of education and ensured that all his brothers and sisters studied hard.
J.C. received his degree from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) Mumbai, one of India's premier engineering and technical institutes. He sent his brother K.C. to Cambridge. The brothers were very close and the love and trust between them was extraordinary.
J.C. started out his career with Tata Steel, serving as the senior Sales Manager from 1929 to 1940. When the steel industry became critical during World War II, the Government of India appointed him as the first Steel Controller of India.
As Independence approached, J.C. was prescient about the opportunities that Indian entrepreneurs would have to contribute to the growth of the newborn nation. His vision and ambition led him to start Mahindra & Mohammad in partnership with K.C. and Ghulam Mohammed.
His vision and insight into India’s post-independence economic development enabled Mahindra & Mahindra to grow to the size, scope, and impact it has reached today.
J.C. died tragically of a heart attack in 1951.
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J.C. Mahindra left his position as the Head of the entire commercial division of Tata Iron & Steel Co to serve as Iron and Steel Controller of India during WWII—on a salary of Rs. 1.