Since its inception, the Jindal Global Business School has been committed to promoting rigour and quality in its research. Towards furthering this goal, JGBS launched its newest research center, the Center for Asia Pacific Business Research and Innovation (CAPBRI) at an event held on the JGU campus on 3 May 2017. CAPBRI seeks to promote a multidisciplinary research approach to integrate multiple areas of business research in the Asia Pacific. The new center will bring together scholars from various fields and disciplines working on diverse facets of Asia Pacific business. CAPBRI members are Centre Director, Dr. Anirban Ganguly, in addition to Dr. Saumya Dey, Ms. Jasmine Ching-Chi Hsu, Dr. Ayona Bhattacharjee and Dr. Neha Mehra.
On the occasion of its inauguration, CAPBRI invited the well-known economic historian Professor Aditya Mukherjee to deliver a public lecture on “The Origins of the Indian Capitalist Class”. Professor Mukherjee dwelt on how the early Indian capitalists, in the second and third decades of the 20th century, carved an autonomous economic space within the colonial economy. They did this, according to him, through two means – by consistently opposing the infiltration of foreign capital into the Indian economy and not subordinating themselves to it and by doing a thorough economic critique of colonialism which resonated with the Indian nationalist leadership. The early Indian capitalists were, according to Professor Mukherjee, integral to the Indian national movement. Thus, he suggested, the growth of Indian capitalism is closely linked to the rise of Indian nationalism.
Professor Mukherjee teaches modern Indian history at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research and teaching primarily focus on the various aspects of the colonial Indian economy. He has authored the much appreciated book Imperialism, Nationalism and the Making of the Indian Capitalist Class. 1920-1947.