Moral of the story: thing before you speak.
Views on caste partly explain India’s development paradox.
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Three manual scavengers died this week in Bangalore, but who cares?
Both have been lauded for their contribution to social causes.
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The Magsaysay Award is the least he deserves. Most of all, he deserves our time and attention.
Bezwada Wilson is the national convener of the Safai Karmachari Andolan, an organisation that has been working for the eradication of manual scavenging for many years. He was involved in drafting the new law against the practice in 2013 and is currently on the committee that monitors its implementation. In this interview he talks about the harsh realities of manual scavenging, a practice that is still widespread in India, his discovery of Ambedkar and on breaking caste and cultural barriers to become an activist.