Monday, Sep 26, 2022
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A Dream Of Unsoiled Life

A 30,000-km yatra against a “mildly hazardous” job that killed 1,200 Dalits in two years

Marching Blues Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwari

  • Cold Comfort Ambedkar would have converted to Sikhism, but balked at the prospect of becoming a “second-rate Sikh”
  • Last Laugh In 1956, he converted to Buddhism in Nagpur as he believed the city was named after the Naga Buddhists

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The bus arrives two hours late. The crowd at Hisar town’s Multani Chowk park was beginning to get impatient when the ora­nge-coloured ‘sleeper bus’ finally rolls in, posters hanging from the windows. The ‘yatris’, visibly tired, march in to the beating of drums and slogans rent the air. Most of them are young boys and girls who have spent the last few months away from college to be part of Bhim Yatra. On their T-shirts are printed the words: “We will put an end to manual scavenging.” They had been to Fatehabad earlier in the day and the public speeches there went on longer than expected, delaying their arrival at Hisar.

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