31 July, 2021

“Capitalism Will Turn Caste Order Into A Relic”

Chandra Bhan Prasad who from being a believer in Naxalism has embraced capitalism on why his commitment to Ambedkarism is still unwavering

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“Capitalism Will Turn Caste Order Into A Relic”

Chandra Bhan Prasad has come a long way from Bhadawn—what he calls a “sleepy village” in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district. His father was a wrestler, and his uncles had fled to Rangoon in the early 1930s after beating up their landlords. His family built the first brick house among Dalits in the ­village. From being a believer in Naxalism, to disillusion­ment over Mandal in JNU, Prasad has embraced capitalism and is now mentor to the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI). In this ­interview to S. Anand, he says his commitment to Ambedkarism is unwavering still.

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