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Tracing Ambedkar in Dalit Capitalism

Dalit capitalists who assert that capitalism is the best means for Dalit emancipation ignoreB R Ambedkar's views on it and his emphasis on social reforms and an attitudinal revolution before aiming at political or economic reforms.

The recent developments in and around the issue of neo-liberalism and its capability towards ensuring the inclusive development of the marginalised sections attracted an overwhelming debate in India. The initiation of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) in 2005 also spearheaded the capitalist school’s arguments modified according to the needs of the Dalit movement in India. The belief in capitalism and its associate concepts such as globalisation and neo-liberalisation in developing the marginalised sections of the country created doubts and arguments within the Dalit movement. This article fundamentally evaluates the issues raised and proposed by the DICCI and its chief mentor Chandrabhan Prasad. To enchance its arguments, the DICCI fell back on the thought and theory of the messiah of Dalit emancipation Babasaheb Ambedkar.

The new agenda backed by neo-liberal policies is the invitation to multinational corporations (MNCs) to Make in India.1 There would be many hidden agendas behind this programme but it is quite clear and certain that the capital-less non-market friendly2 or non-consumers are going to be the sufferers like their fathers and forefathers.

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