Dr. Shubha Parmar

Dr. Shubha Parmar, Ph. D, M.Phil, M.A, is an ex-Academic. She has a Doctorate on “Gendering Dalit Identity 1900-2000,” from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She focuses on building a supportive eco-system for the SC/ST SME in order to promote a just and sustainable economy. She understands the nature of Dalit enterprise, its constraints, challenges and successes etc., and has come to rely on the transformational possibilities of entrepreneurship as a tool of social empowerment. She works on micro-entrepreneurship projects, which provide end-to-end linkage from skilling to market.

Mr. Chandra Bhan Prasad

Chandra Bhan Prasad, M.A. M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Member, Board of Governors, IIM, Lucknow, is a Dalit Ideologue and Political Thinker, a prolific writer, a columnist in many national dailies, and co-author of the book, Defying the Odds, The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs, for the University of Pennsylvania, published by Random House India. He is a passionate advocate of Dalit Capitalism. He has been profiled by the New York Times and Washington Post, and cited by a host of thought leaders, scholars that include Nobel Laureate Prof. Gary Becker and Prof. Amartya Sen.

Mr. Nand Kishore Chandan

Nand Kishore Chandan is an entrepreneur. An ITI graduate, he built Chandan & Chandan Industries Private Limited from scratch. It became a part of the Supply-Chain of the TATA group of companies as part of the Affirmative Action experiment conducted by them. Today he supplies best quality safety helmets and high quality Meter Boxes, Junction Boxes, Bus Bars to Tata Power Delhi and to Delhi based BSES, a Reliance Group Subsidiary also. His experience provides a model for promoting entrepreneurship among the Dalits.

Mr. D Shyam Babu

D. Shyam Babu, M.A. M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and a former Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes columns in national English dailies like The Hindu and Times of India and has done extensive research on Economic Reforms/liberalization and social justice. He co-authored the book, ‘Defying the Odds, The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs’, which states that, ‘while markets may not transcend caste, they mitigate its social salience’. He emphasizes the role of entrepreneurship in the socio-economic mobility of the Dalits.