August 2, 2018

‘“Where is it written that a Bhangi’s son must become a Bhangi?”

“In our poverty. In our dharma. In our country.”

“What dharma? If it breaks a person and turns him into an animal, is that dharma? In this country that invests greater significance in a stone than in a human being? I will not heed such a dharma. If it has given us only this poverty, this deprivation, then it behoves us to reject it. But we are not going to do that. I will. Just let me pass my examinations…’

Scroll carries an excerpt from When I Hid My Caste: Stories by Baburao Bagul.

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