Essay on A Social Entrepreneur : India 's Civil Society

1609 Words Dec 15th, 2015 7 Pages
Introduction A social entrepreneur is someone who advances “systemic change” by “shifting patterns and perceptions.” This type of person is “relentless in pursuit of their visions” and “will not give up until they have spread their ideas as far as they possibly can.” They often work off of limited resources and must rely on the generosity of the government and private donors to continue their work. Social entrepreneurs often exist in what is called civil society. Bruce Sievers defines civil society as an idea that is made of seven strands philanthropy, the common good, the rule of law, nonprofit and voluntary institutions, individual rights, free expression, and tolerance. Though this definition is pretty standard, because each societies’ civil society developed within its own cultural and historical context civil society can vary between countries. In this paper, the focus will be on India’s civil society and how a specific social entrepreneur, Rahul Banerjee, has worked within that framework to achieve his goals.
India’s Civil Society India’s civil society has developed within a history of sharp class, race and gender divides that are byproducts of the caste system. As a consequence of this, “associational life is still largely organized around ethnicity and particularistic forms of claims making focused on narrow-identity issues are the norm.” Before any formal type of civil society was set up by the government voluntary action in India “traditionally germinated…

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