Lunch with BS: Why Vijay Mahajan’s political career never took off

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Poverty and structural inequality in India in the 1970s was visible quite starkly in Kolkata’s Chowringhee Road where the homeless of the city huddled and begged outside the Grand Hotel, an opulent reminder of the days of the Raj. You had to be particularly insensitive to be unaffected by the plight and the abject poverty of the people you saw and not ask how do we deal with this, says social activist and the pioneer of microlending in India, Vijay Mahajan.Those thoughts in a way defined the path his life would take in the future. The second defining factor was the fact that …
Source: Business Standard