Nation of Beancounters

FDI in retail could be a boon for dalits

Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on December 27, 2012

So claim Chadra Bhan Prasad & Milind Kamble:

… most dalit entrepreneurs surveyed were first-timers who had started their business after 1991 when the process of liberalisation began … dalits are most likely to succeed in occupations that are new and caste-neutral in origins … Dalits don’t succeed in traditional set-ups. They don’t succeed in localised set-ups too. Caste is both traditional and local. The mandi system, too, is both traditional and local. FDI in retail, with foreign players, will usher in a new system of retailing.

Interesting and heartening throughout.

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