Marwar - - Panel Discussion -

I think the ques­tion asked was in terms of what the as­sets of Mar­waris were and there has been some dis­cus­sion around that. Let me slightly di­gress from the as­set side, be­cause con­ver­sa­tion has opened up about the first, sec­ond and third gen­er­a­tions of Mar­waris.

See, in my view, when the first gen­er­a­tion comes—and I don’t con­fine this to Mar­waris alone—they have lit­tle to lose, in a way, be­cause they did not have any­thing to be­gin with. When you are in that cir­cum­stance, you are will­ing to risk a lot. You also have to work hard. Let’s look back at what the en­vi­ron­ment was in Ra­jasthan. It was hos­tile in terms of re­sources, and it was very aus­tere. That’s why you’ve seen mi­gra­tion of Mar­waris away to towns like Cal­cutta [now Kolkata] and Bombay [now Mum­bai]and a whole bunch of other places. My fam­ily em­i­grated, wan­der­ing through into UP, many gen­er­a­tions ago. And it was a very dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ment then so there was lit­tle to lose. And there­fore, the first gen­er­a­tion did what they did. Of course, there were sev­eral peo­ple who failed.

The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion comes in see­ing some of all this, or see­ing a lot, and they em­u­late; but they are a lit­tle bet­ter off. And the third gen­er­a­tion is born rel­a­tively priv­i­leged. But it’s the value sys­tem… it works when val­ues are taught that along with priv­i­lege comes ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity. So, my sub­mis­sion would be that fam­i­lies that have taught their next gen­er­a­tions those val­ues have per­haps sur­vived and done bet­ter. That’s the per­spec­tive we’ve got to see, and I think, it’s not con­fined to Mar­waris; it’s a global phe­nom­e­non.

But I con­sider my­self priv­i­leged. When I look back at one of the founders here—Lala Kam­la­pat Sing­ha­nia—I con­sider my­self priv­i­leged, be­cause I am a fourth gen­er­a­tion. I am not say­ing that in a mat­ter of boast­ful­ness, but be­cause I truly value… That’s what the fam­ily and the el­ders in so­ci­ety taught me.

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