Life Inside A Black Hole

Life Inside A Black Hole

Delhi’s underground sewage pipes require human intervention when the flow gets clogged. And there are desperate people with the worst and most unhealthy job imaginable — physically wading through our waste to fix the problem.

They wear no protection, get sick frequently, and live short lives. It should be no surprise that many of these workers are poor Dalits — people who hail from what used to be called the “untouchable” caste.


Tehelka Magazine, Vol 4, Issue 47
Dated Dec 08, 2007

special report

Life Inside A Black Hole

The men and women — invariably Dalits — who ceaselessly manage to keep our cities, towns and villages clean, die every day around us. We never notice their lives or deaths. These are the soldiers who, bereft of the honour of uniform and the posthumous glamour of martyrdom, sacrifice their lives making sure the rivers of filth flow unhindered. Forced to touch, immerse themselves in — and perforce taste — the fermented faeces of millions, they are condemned to untouchability. The genocide passes unnoticed since there are a million invisible Dalits who will quietly take the place of the dead.



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