Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community

Untouchable Freedom

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:17
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A few nights ago, Ravish Kumar on NDTV (Khabar) did a few stories on the inhumanity in India that drives a million people - all Dalits - to manually deal with sewage and human refuse. It is a brutal part of the Indian landscape. When we lived in Chennai a decade ago, I remember the 'manual scavengers' who worked the drains near the Cancer Institute.

 

Manual Scavening

 

It was already illegal for the city to have hired human beings to go into the sewer (the legal basis in the 1993 Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines [Prohibition] Act and the 2013 Prohibition of Employment as M