Chandra Bhan Prasad has come a long way from Bhadawn—what he calls a “sleepy village” in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district. His father was a wrestler, and his uncles had fled to Rangoon in the early 1930s after beating up their landlords. His family built the first brick house among Dalits in the village. From being a believer in Naxalism, to disillusionment over Mandal in JNU, Prasad has embraced capitalism and is now mentor to the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI). In this interview to S. Anand, he says his commitment to Ambedkarism is unwavering still.
You’re just back from the DICCI Trade Fair. How did it go...what did it achieve?