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The sour path to sugar mill

The sour path to sugar mill

Milind Khandekar
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When Swwapnil’s father tried to build a cooperative sugar mill for Dalits in 1991, he was told by the chief minister to come back in two months. The work he had put in already was extravagant and he was hopeful that it would finally, happily go through. What he didn’t know then was that minutes after he left the room, that minister had turned to a supporter and said, ‘Now these ##@@** also want to own a sugar mill,’ referring to his caste. That sugar mill was never built.
Determined to fulfil his father’s dream, Swwapnil, who had gone on to build and own factories of his own, decided to take matters in his own hands. Fighting the vagaries of changing policies, natural disasters and caste-based discrimination in financial institutions, he managed by sheer hard work to keep his head above water. Timely business pivots and an adaptive approach to barriers allowed his business to grow in leaps and bounds, showing that, no matter what happens, with knowledge, focus and a clear head a man can do anything—even build his business from scratch.
Read on to find out how this extraordinary businessman did it.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jul/2017

Length : 10 Pages

The sour path to sugar mill

Milind Khandekar
Overview

When Swwapnil’s father tried to build a cooperative sugar mill for Dalits in 1991, he was told by the chief minister to come back in two months. The work he had put in already was extravagant and he was hopeful that it would finally, happily go through. What he didn’t know then was that minutes after he left the room, that minister had turned to a supporter and said, ‘Now these ##@@** also want to own a sugar mill,’ referring to his caste. That sugar mill was never built.
Determined to fulfil his father’s dream, Swwapnil, who had gone on to build and own factories of his own, decided to take matters in his own hands. Fighting the vagaries of changing policies, natural disasters and caste-based discrimination in financial institutions, he managed by sheer hard work to keep his head above water. Timely business pivots and an adaptive approach to barriers allowed his business to grow in leaps and bounds, showing that, no matter what happens, with knowledge, focus and a clear head a man can do anything—even build his business from scratch.
Read on to find out how this extraordinary businessman did it.

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Milind Khandekar

Milind Khandekar has over twenty-two years of experience in the field of journalism. He is currently managing editor at Media Content and Communications Services (I) Pvt. Ltd (MCCS), and looks after the editorial content of ABP News, ABP Ananda and ABP Majha. He has previously worked with the Navbharat Times and Aaj Tak. He is a product of the Times Centre for Media Studies, and received the Rajendra Mathur Award for best trainee (Hindi) in 1991.

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