Mountaineer, 16, Khamman, Telangan
When 13-year-old Malavath Poorna climbed Mt Everest, she had a photo of Ambedkar. When she reached, the first thing she did was place the photo at the peak. “It was very symbolic for me,” she says, “I hope it would be an inspiration to the larger Dalit community as well.” She made news for being the youngest girl to ever scale the highest peak.
Doman Chandra Tudu
Fashion Designer, 30, Jamshedpur
He comes from a small village in Bihar and from a family that is not very highly educated. Ambitions of going to the IIT thwarted, he went to NIFT. He also worked at a few companies in Bangalore where he developed domain expertise in marketing, merchandising and purchase. Quitting his...