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The Dalits

Manu Who?

Dalit businessmen are taking baby steps, in spite of small-town malice and the walls around India Inc. The fortress is breached.

Manu Who?
Narendra Bisht
Manu Who?
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“People don’t care about caste anymore. Perhaps being academically and financially better off helped me,” says 29-year-old Mahesh Kamble, one of the promoters of Mumbai’s L.N. College of  Management and Technology. An IIM-K graduate who turned entrepreneur with friends seven years ago, Mahesh says, “In 99 per cent cases, caste is no issue. Maybe at corporate gatherings one or two questions are asked but I have never faced an adverse situation because of my background.”

A slightly different picture emerges in speaking to Mukund Kamalakar, who runs Suryatech Solar Systems, a flourishing business of solar water heaters. “A small percentage of clients, well-off upper-caste people, delay their decision once they come to know my caste...so I prefer to keep quiet about it,” he says.


Photograph by Yusuf Khan

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