A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a book titled “Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories
” . The book is a collection of profiles of 15 Dalit entrepreneurs who braved all odds (untouchability , entrepreneurial and business challenges) to become a success, everyone wants to emulate. The book looks interesting as caste and its various negative and inhuman manifestations are still present in India.
Rahul Ram of Indian rock bank, Indian Ocean, in a documentary made to celebrate the rock band, asserts at one point : You can’t escape Caste in India. Caste does exist in India. Ram , from an affluent Delhi household, witnessed the inevitability of caste in India, when he took part in Narmada Bachao Movement , after he returned to India, with a PhD from Cornell university USA.
In the Jaipur Literary Festival last year, journalist and academic Ashis Nandy , tried to ascribe the surge of Dalit and OBC entrepreneurs and businesspersons in recent decades as their ability to twist and turn the System; and take even those decisions, which others will think twice before acting. I necessarily don’t prescribe to Nandy’s view, as that can be said for any ambitious person. Thus the ability of Dalits and OBCs to twist and turn the system Still, can be seen as some elite notion; but the segregating manifestations of caste in India are surely not made out of thin air. They do exist. Even then, if there’s some academic logic to nandy’s assertion, then this book can surely shed some light on it. I’ve already read the book, here the Dalit Millionaires Book Review.
The book can be ordered on Cash on Delivery. That’s you pay, when you receive book at your door step.
About the BookDalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories
by: Milind Khandekar
publisher: Penguin, published: 2013-12-03
Dalit Millionaires is a collection of profiles of fifteen Dalit entrepreneurs who have braved both societal and business pressures to carve out highly profitable niches for themselves. The book is a vivid chronicle of how the battle has moved from the village well to the marketplace.
There are tales describing how the multimillionaire Ashok Khade, at one time, did not have even four annas to replace the nib of a broken pen, how Kalpana Saroj, a child bride, worked her way to becoming a property magnate, and how Sanjay Kshirsagar moved on from a 120-foot tenement and now seems well on his way to become the emperor of a 500-crore rupee firm.
The only common thread through these stories is the spirit that if you can imagine it, you can do it.