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Defying The Odds

Defying The Odds

The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs

Chandra Bhan Prasad
,
D. Shyam Babu
,
Devesh Kapur
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Defying the Odds is about the new Dalit identity. It profiles the phenomenal rise of twenty Dalit entrepreneurs, the few who through a combination of grit, ambition, drive and hustle—and some luck—have managed to break through social, economic and practical barriers. It illustrates instances where adversity compensated for disadvantage, where working their way up from the bottom instilled in Dalit entrepreneurs a much greater resilience as well as a willingness to seize opportunities in sectors and locations eschewed by more privileged business groups.
Traditional Dalit narratives are marked by struggle for identity, rights, equality and for inclusion. These inspiring stories capture both the difficulty of their circumstances as well as their extraordinary steadfastness, while bringing light to the possibilities of entrepreneurship as a tool of social empowerment.

Imprint: Vintage Books

Published: Jul/2014

ISBN: 9788184005707

Length : 336 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

Defying The Odds

The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs

Chandra Bhan Prasad
,
D. Shyam Babu
,
Devesh Kapur

Defying the Odds is about the new Dalit identity. It profiles the phenomenal rise of twenty Dalit entrepreneurs, the few who through a combination of grit, ambition, drive and hustle—and some luck—have managed to break through social, economic and practical barriers. It illustrates instances where adversity compensated for disadvantage, where working their way up from the bottom instilled in Dalit entrepreneurs a much greater resilience as well as a willingness to seize opportunities in sectors and locations eschewed by more privileged business groups.
Traditional Dalit narratives are marked by struggle for identity, rights, equality and for inclusion. These inspiring stories capture both the difficulty of their circumstances as well as their extraordinary steadfastness, while bringing light to the possibilities of entrepreneurship as a tool of social empowerment.

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Chandra Bhan Prasad

Chandra Bhan Prasad is a public intellectual and mentor, Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).

D. Shyam Babu

D. Shyam Babu is Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Devesh Kapur

Devesh Kapur is Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania.

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