Kailash Chandra Mahindra


Kailash Chandra Mahindra, known as K. C. Mahindra (1894–1963), was an Indian industrialist, who co-founded Mahindra & Mohammed in 1945 which was later renamed as Mahindra & Mahindra in 1948, with Jagdish Chandra Mahindra[1][2]

Kailash Chandra Mahindra
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Born1894 (1894)
Died1963(1963-00-00) (aged 68–69)
OccupationCo-Founder of Mahindra & Mahindra

Early life and educationEdit

Kailash Chandra Mahindra, known to all as KC, was born in 1894 in Ludhiana, Punjab, the second of nine children. When their father died at an early age, his older brother JC became head of the family, and KC his best friend and future business partner.

KC attended Government College, Lahore, where his scholastic aptitude shone through. At Cambridge, he earned Honours, played hockey, and took a keen interest in rowing. After graduating, he joined Messrs. Martin & Company, where he edited the monthly magazine INDIA and, briefly, the Hindustan Review.


In 1942, KC was appointed Head of the Indian Purchasing Mission in the United States. Returning to India in 1945, he was appointed the Chairman of the Indian Coal Fields Committee of the Government of India and also of the Automobile and Tractor panel. His contribution to developing strategic coal policies and applying the latest methods of coal mining in India helped shape the industry, and his Coal Commission Report became a seminal document in the industry. During these years, he also wrote Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee’s definitive biography.

Mahindra & MahindraEdit

In 1946, KC moved to Bombay to found Mahindra & Mohammed. Under his 13-year stewardship as Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra established itself as a major Indian industrial house in several sectors. A glittering career also saw KC serve as a Director of the Reserve Bank of India, Air India, and Hindustan Steel.


  1. ^ "ET Awards 2008-09: Lifetime Achievement Award- Keshub Mahindra". The Economic Times. 25 August 2009.
  2. ^ Herdeck, p. 209
  • Margaret Herdeck; Gita Piramal (1985). "Mahindra". India's Industrialists, Vol. 1. Lynne Rienner Publishers. ISBN 0894104152.

External linksEdit

  • K.C. Mahindra Biography at Official Website of Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Mahindra and an independent India began their rise together