Thursday, January 6, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit capitalism's celebration bash

Dalit capitalism's celebration bash
Caroline D'Cruz, TNN, Jan 7, 2011, 12.00am IST

A party was organised to celebrate Dalit capitalism at the India
International Centre recently. As more than 20 Dalit entrepreneurs
came together in celebration of a few encouraging rags to riches
stories, they were in the company of single malts and imported vodka.

WHY DALIT? This seemed to be the question on a lot of people's minds
because while everyone can be an entrepreneur, were they looking for
distinction of some sort using the socially segregating word? Said
Chandrabhan Prasad, co-host of the party, "We are not looking for
distinction or sympathy of any sort. It is a gathering of these people
from various backgrounds who have worked hard to achieve what they
have." Prasad livened up the mood by screaming out "Mercedes kharido,
Manu bhagao" (Manu was a sage and the author of Manusmriti, the book
that talked about caste system) to the crowd while they raised their
hands to signify acquiring cars and helicopters in the near future.
Natharam, a Dalit entrepreneur declared that he owned a ship already,
much to the awe of the guests present.

EXPERT TALK: Planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh
Ahluwalia urged Dalit entrepreneurs to "set up a dedicated venture
capital fund to finance business projects taken up by the socially
neglected community." "Humein dekhna hai ki inke numbers aur bhi badhe
(Dalit entrepreneurs). We will discuss as to what all steps we can
take for the success of Dalit businessmen," he added. On being quizzed
if so many upcoming groups would pose a problem, Ahluwalia replied,
"Koi harz nahi hai agar groups bane, hamara desh itna bada hai ki har
koi tarakki kar sakta hai. Sarkar ki aisi policy honi chahiye ki naya
competition market mein aaye," he said.


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