Be smart like Mallya, mantri ad­vises trib­als

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

TIMES Hy­der­abad: En­cour­ag­ing trib­als to not just be ‘hard work­ers’ but be­come ‘smart work­ers’, Union tribal af­fairs min­is­ter Jual Oram on Fri­day urged the tribal com­mu­nity to fos­ter the spirit of en­trepreneur­ship and even went on to cite the ex­am­ple of Vi­jay Mallya, who built a suc­cess­ful busi­ness em­pire be­fore he ended up on the wrong side of the law.

“You abuse Vi­jay Mallya. But who is Vi­jay Mallya? He is a smart guy. He em­ployed some in­tel­li­gent peo­ple and in­flu­enced bankers, politi­cians, gov­ern­ment…. Who pre­vented you (from be­ing smart)? Who asked Adi­va­sis not to in­flu­ence the sys­tem? Who pre­vented you from in­flu­enc­ing bankers,” Oram said in a tongue-and-cheek man­ner, while de­liv­er­ing the key­note at the first Na­tional Tribal En­trepreneurs Con­clave 2018 in Hy­der­abad.

He said there are ad­van­tages as well as dis­ad­van­tages of be­ing a tribal. While there is reser­va­tion for trib­als in ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ment jobs, they can avail of these and grow in life. The dis­ad­van­tage is that their merit is not recog­nised and even if they suc­ceed in life, their suc­cess is at­trib­uted to reser­va­tions alone due to which they are not treated on par with oth­ers. As many trib­als feel dis­crim­i­nated, the min­is­ter added that many have stopped us­ing their sur­names.

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