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POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Sanitation workers, Gandhi Jayanti, Manual scavenging, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

On Gandhi Jayanti, the dirty picture behind Delhi's sanitation workers strike

Politicians should work on the Mahatma's philosophy to consider those who provide us a swachh life as 'representative of God'.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Narendra Modi, Civic infrastructure, Swachh Bharat, Manual scavenging

How to make Bharat swachh? Brush manual scavengers under the carpet

The deadline to eradicate manual scavenging ends in 2019.

ART & CULTURE

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Kalu Bhangi, Manual scavenging, Dalits, Krishan Chander

Why Krishan Chander's short story 'Kalu Bhangi' is extremely relevant today

It's a tale of how the life of India's manual scavengers continues to be hellish.

POLITICS

 |  Between the Lines  |  3-minute read
Sewage cleaners, Manholes, Delhi, Manual scavenging

Delhi government's ban on manual sewer cleaning not enough to clean up Indian mentality

About 100 workers die every year while entering the confined space at high temperatures, with slippery walls and floor, and toxic gases.

VARIETY

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Safai karamcharis, Swacch Bharat, Delhi, Manual scavenging

Sewage workers dying in Delhi shows how little we value human lives

10 deaths in about a month, latest in a national capital hospital, are nothing but institutional murder.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
CBFC, Manual scavenging, Kakkoos

Why we must watch Tamil documentary Kakkoos, a brutal exposé of manual scavenging

Divya Bharathi's camera actually captures the horrifying spectacle of people using their hands (no gloves, no boots) to clean human excrement.

POLITICS

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Powrakarmikas, Safai karamcharis, Manual scavenging

Why India still waits for manual scavengers to clean up its shit

It is a reminder that we are a deeply casteist society where only some kinds of deaths and some kinds of humiliation receive attention and outrage.

POLITICS

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Manual scavenging, Bezwada Wilson, TM Krishna, Caste

Tale of two dissenters - Bezwada Wilson and TM Krishna

One seeks transformation in the world of music, the other justice in the world of caste.

POLITICS

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Casteism, Manual scavenging, Ramon Magsasay Award

Bezwada Wilson, TM Krishna: Magsaysay Award a testament to their battle against caste, inequality

Both have different professions but their work ethic converges on the common vision of a liberal, egalitarian India.

POLITICS

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Siddaramaiah, Reservation, Dalits, Manual scavenging

How many manual scavengers need to die, Karnataka?

The Dalit 'monopoly' on this job needs to go.