The following booklet titled “Role of Free Enterprise: Indian Shipping” by S.N. Haji begins by highlighting the international standards of Indian shipping before the colonisation of India’s maritime sources. After Independence, the Indian free enterprise was largely responsible for restoring India’s shipping and ship-building capacities in a limited manner after the industry was crippled when put against the monopolistic steam-run British tonnage. The need for development enabled Indian entrepreneurs to start nearly 40 shipping companies worth Rs. 10 crore in terms of capital. The article thereon reflects the challenges met by Indian private enterprises in light of a lack of trained marine engineers, navigators and wireless operators. Following World War II, several indigenous companies such as Indian Steamship of Calcutta, Bharat Line of Saurashtra have specialised in tramp and tanker trades which signifies the achievements of private enterprise in boosting Indian shipping.