Think Beyond, Stay Ahead

Against All Odds

RH Patil setting up the NSE is a story of underestimation, opposition, serendipity and fortitude

Priyam Dhar

People find it easier to identify defining moments in history with a face. And I have the good fortune of being that for the National Stock Exchange (NSE). I was fully involved with the setting up of NSE right from day one and was also its MD and CEO for the first seven formative years. However, like the proverbial iceberg, that is only 10% of the story. The other 90% is about how time conspired to make things happen despite a lot of behind-the-scene machination. The story of NSE is one of going against the grain; it is also a story of underestimation, opposition, serendipity and fortitude.