Be smart like Mallya, mantri advises tribals
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.