Almost all micro business success is dependent on local political patronage because of a number of factors - access to loans, access to customer base, access to land/water/electricity, sanction to set up shop in lucrative but illegal spots, easing of financial pressures resulting from constant bribe giving, protection from incessant harassment by police and other regulatory officials, etc.
But does the more indulgent (or desperate?) political patronage during election time provide especially good business opportunities for micro entrepreneurs? Can this be systematically capitalized upon? Should I be disseminating information of this to our Micro Business Centre's slum-dweller beneficiaries?
Can the Gujarat model that has clearly not just produced Ambanis but also the Mavji Ahirs as described below, also work in Orissa? Does the Gujarat model have the potential to change not just large scale industries and the upper strata of the Indian economy, but also the micro & small enterprise (MSE) sector in India? Mr. Modi in his campaign speech in Orissa mentioned how it was a shame that Oriyas migrated to Gujarat in search of better economic lives. Can election-centred business and poverty alleviation strategies change that?
Is the "Tea Stall" model described below replicable, if not scalable? How do I replicate it in a state such as Orissa where the same political party - indeed, the same political person - has been in power for the last 15 years, and where the party symbol is a conch? Election or no election, what micro business models could possibly be built around a conch? Is my facetiousness misplaced?