Forum of Free Enterprise
Economics of Freedom

The Forum of Free Enterprise (FFE) was set up in the year 1956 by A D Shroff. It was established with the idea of organizing like-minded people to counter the socialistic and anti-private sector propaganda of the Nehru government. His vision was to keep the organization non-partisan and non-political in nature. His unequivocal statement was that “We are not a political organization. Our main, if not the only, objective is of an educative character.”

The forum believed in educating and shaping public opinion towards ideas of a free society and to dismantle the myths about free enterprise that were created by the government.

The council of management included some prominent liberals of the time including S K Sen, M A Sreenivasan, Sardar Mohan Singh, Narayan Dandekar, Minoo Masani, F S Mulla, T M Desai, K C Cooper, F P Mehta, M A Master and many more liberals championing the cause of free enterprise.

Since its establishment in July 1956 till January 2010, the forum has published a total of 674 booklets on vital subjects related to economics and free enterprise. Prominent economists, businessmen and industrialists, educationists and numerous scholars have penned these booklets. They reached a great number of readers in over 9,500 colleges and management institutes, members of parliament, over 25 chambers of commerce.

The legendary budgetary speeches given by the great liberal Nani A Palkhivala were first delivered from the platform of Forum of Free Enterprise in March of 1958. The attendance reached a staggering 100,000 during the last three budgetary speeches that Palkhivala delivered. These attendees were a part of one of the biggest gatherings of people anywhere in the world on an economic subject.

The Forum is still alive and active in educating and spreading ideas of free enterprise as visualized by its founding fathers.

Issues

Industrial Relations by Naval Tata & PC Mehta (August 13, 1979)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A.D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “Industrial Relations,” was published in 1979 and was co-authored by...

Has Private Enterprise Failed? by A. D. Shroff (October 23, 1956)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A.D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “Has private enterprise failed?” was published in 1956 and was...

The Dangers of Joint Co-operative Farming by M. R. Masani (March 7, 1950)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A.D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “The dangers of joint co-operative farming,” was published in 1950...

Free Enterprise and Democracy by A. D. Shroff (February 11, 1956)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A.D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “Free Enterprise and Democracy,” was published in 1956 and was...

Free Enterprise and Freedom by Murarji J. Vaidya (April 10, 1956)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A.D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “Free Enterprise and Freedom,” was published in 1956 and was...

Cement Industry in India by N. Dandekar and L. Sawhny (October 9, 1956)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A.D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “Cement Industry in India” was published on October 9, 1956...

Cotton Policy by Shri Ramniwas R. Ruia (December 19, 1956)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A.D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “Cotton Policy” was published on December 19, 1956 and was...

Desperate Proposals by A.D. Shroff (June 1, 1957)

The Forum of Free Enterprise ia a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “Desperate Proposals” was published on June 1, 1957 and...

An Economic review – 1957 by A.D. Shroff (December 9, 1957)

The Forum of Free Enterprise is a non-political organization founded in 1956 by A D Shroff and was established to educate public opinion in India on free enterprise and a democratic way of life. The Forum publishes booklets to further its objects. The following booklet titled, “An Economic Review - 1957” was published on December...