[WSF-Discuss] PMARC : Dalits Media Watch - News Updates 07.05.14

Arun Khote arun.khote at gmail.com
Wed May 7 04:35:48 CDT 2014

*Dalits Media Watch*

*News Updates 07.05.14*

*Bhanwari murder case co-accused surrenders-** The Hindu*


*Inspiring stories of Dalit millionaires: Obstacles to triumph-** The
Financial Express*


*The Hindu*

*Bhanwari murder case co-accused surrenders*


Parasram Bishnoi, a co-accused in the Bhanwari Devi abduction and murder
case and brother of main accused Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, surrendered before
a local court on Tuesday and claimed the entire case was a "fabricated one".

"It was a conspiracy to wipe out our family by framing us using CBI in this
false case. There is a veteran Congress leader behind all this, whose name
I will disclose soon," Bishnoi told reporters moments before surrendering
before the court.

He also alleged that the CBI had acted at the behest of the leader and had
framed him in the case falsely. He said he was innocent and would soon come
out clean. "The conspiracy will soon be laid bare," he added.

The ACJM (SC/ST Cases) court had on March 23 issued an arrest warrant
against him after he did not appear in the court on the scheduled dates of

Bishnoi kept trying every possible way to evade arrest like filing bail
application to challenging the warrant and even questioning the
jurisdiction of the court and justification of the appointment of CBI

Referring to his evading arrest, Bishnoi said that he was to appear before
a Mumbai court in connection with some other matter and later waited for
the decision on his bail.

"I never evaded the arrest as I have full trust in and respect for the
court and keeping my words, I have surrendered before the court today
(Tuesday)," he said. PTI

*The Financial Express*

*Inspiring stories of Dalit millionaires: Obstacles to triumph*


Multimillionaire Ashok Khade did not have even four annas to replace the
broken nib of his pen when he was about to sit for his class XI board
exams; Kalpana Saroj worked at a hosiery factory for a measly Rs 2 a day
before owning a business empire of Rs 1,000 crore.

These inspiring stories are among a collection of profiles of 15 Dalit
entrepreneurs who have braved both societal and business pressures to carve
out profitable niches for themselves.

The book "Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories" by authors Milind
Khandekar, Reenu Talwar, Vandana Singh is a vivid chronicle of how the
battle has moved from the village well to the marketplace.

These individuals faced several obstacles only to set up multi-crore
business empires in the past few years.

These entrepreneurs are from every sector of the economy. Saroj turned
around Mumbai's Kamani Tubes Limited which had shut down, and transformed
it into a profit-making company.

Khade's company DAS Offshore Engineering Private Limited manufactures
platforms used at Bombay High refinery for oil extraction.

Hari Kishan Pippal of Agra runs People's Heritage Hospital, and Devkinandan
Son runs the Taj Plaza hotel, located close to the Taj Mahal. Savitaben
Kolsawallah of Ahmedabad makes tiles, while Devjibhai Makwana of Bhavnagar
manufactures filament yarn. Sanjay Kshirsagar moved on from a 120-foot
tenement and now seems well on his way to become the emperor of a Rs 500
crore firm.

"The success of Dalit businessmen in the 20 years following liberalisation
of the economy has come as a ray of hope. Many Dalits have finally been
able to achieve economic equality, owing to their own hard work, rather
than help from the government," the book, published by Penguin Books India,

Khade's father mended shoes near Chitra Talkies at Dadar in Mumbai while
his mother worked in the fields for 12 annas a day. In 1973, when he had to
appear for his class XI board exams, he didn't have even four annas to
replace the nib of his pen. His teacher had to give him the money to have
the nib changed so that he could take the exam.

With sheer determination, Khade moved on and is now the managing director
of the company that has a turnover of Rs 140 crore.

Saroj, a child bride, was tortured by her husband's family and she tried to
commit suicide but survived. She moved to Mumbai where she got a job for Rs
60 a month, which was later increased to Rs 225. She then worked her way
and now runs a business empire of Rs 1,000 crore.

Pippal, who worked as a labourer in three different companies in Faridabad,
and also plied a cycle rickshaw, heads a group of companies that own a
hospital, a shoe export factory, a Honda dealership and a publication house.

According to the authors, Dalit businessmen are no longer begging for jobs,
they're actually creating jobs.

"The Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an organisation that
brings all Dalit entrepreneurs under one umbrella, reveals that Dalit
businessmen pay as much as Rs 1700 crore as tax to the government. Their
total turnover is Rs 20000 crore and they provide employment to 5 lakh
people," the book says.

*News Monitor by Girish Pant*

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