Friday, July 18, 2008

Indian Caste Discussion on

Was reading this story on

PEOPLE cross the street to avoid Baby, a sweet-faced young woman dressed in a cherry-red salwar kameez. It is the wide iron pan and wire brush she carries that mark her out as someone to be avoided: these are the ancient tools of the “manual scavenger”, a euphemism for those who clean up the faeces from houses that lack flushing toilets.

A couple of delightful discoveries in the story:
  • Sulabh International has been started by a Brahmin.
  • The same Dalits who were not allowed to enter temples are making wicks for oil lamps.
Great story, greater moral for those high-caste idiots who think they are superior.