Last year Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi while referring to backwardness of Dalit community said they need the escape velocity of Jupiter to achieve success. On Thursday, prime minister Narendra Modi told a group of Dalit capitalists that they need escape velocity of wealth and entrepreneurship to break gravity of backwardness and caste system.
Interacting with a 10-memebr delegation of Dalit entrepreneurs led by Milind Kamble, chairman of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Modi elisted steps his government has taken to help Dalits to overcome backwardness, which included a Rs200 crore sum to further entrepreneurship within Scheduled Castes (SCs) during current financial year. He told them that government was soon forming a committee to explore schemes to spend this amount.
Talking to dna, Kamble while praising the prime minister for undertaking schemes of entrepreneurship in order to help Dalits to create wealth said the 'jamai" tag pasted on our foreheads had made one believe that Dalits can never venture into business.
"A debate is triggered by as we avail reservations in education, jobs, legislatures. Yes, we do take these facilities as we deserve these facilities. Haven't we been social victims for long," he asked. But apart of these facilities, the important step is to help us set up businesses rather continuing us as work as servants.
Kamble said he told the prime minister that the way Black Capitalism galvanized the African Americans in America, Dalit Capitalism will play a similar role back home. He also appreciated our slogan - Be job givers, instead of job seekers, which is his mantra to revive Indian economy as well. "Ultimately, we would aspire to see a Tata or Birla from among the Dalits," said Kamble, Kamble, son of a school teacher from Latur district of Maharashtra, a managing director of the Rs101-crore Fortune Construction Company, was among the few Dalit engineers who spurned a government job.
Instead, Kamble worked with a private firm as a civil engineer before floating his own firm - FCC. Kamble recalled that banks had refused to lend him, and he had to borrow from friends and relatives in multiples of Rs5,000 for completing first assignment of Rs1 lakh.