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Manual Scavenging in India and the Casteist Shadow of the State: Book Review

Manual Scavenging in India

Bhasha Singh, in her book, writes a telling account of manual scavenging in India, and it stands relevant even today. She details the stories from across India and is writing with deep anguish and pain. Her words are moving, and so are the real-life narratives of manual scavengers. Although her book was published in 2014, a lot from it still stands true. Singh’s book also exposes the government’s unwillingness and the court’s casteist streak. Dhruv Soni reviews the book,  highlighting the best aspects and drawing some of its limitations.


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