Alipur is a small village in India, with a unique population of 30,000 Shia Muslims who have fashioned their lives according to the orders of their faith. Historically an agricultural community, Alipur underwent a dramatic transformation in the 1970s when a group of entrepreneurs discovered Corundum Ruby in a nearby village. This discovery led to the establishment of a thriving gemstone trade, which has seen Alipuris migrate across the world to establish successful businesses and communities in countries like Thailand, Dubai, Indonesia, UK, USA, Singapore, South Africa, Hong Kong, Manila, Iran, Canada and many more.
Today, the Alipuris are a global community of traders, engineers, laborers, and clerical workers who have made significant contributions to the economies and cultures of their adopted countries. In Bangkok, the Alipuris are the largest community in Asia proportionally, with an estimated 250 gem traders residing there. In Dubai, there are around 35-40 Alipuris working in the gemstone industry and other sectors. The community has also established a global association, AITA (Alipur International Traders Association), which regulates international trade and helps fund the needs of the Alipuris by following Islamic rules and regulations.
The story of Alipur is one of entrepreneurship, innovation, and perseverance. It is a testament to the power of a small community to make a big impact on the world. The Alipuris have shown that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Their success has not only benefited their own community but has also contributed to the economies and cultures of their adopted countries. Alipur is a village with a glittering future, and its story is one that deserves to be shared with the world.