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“My parents were bonded labourers. The women in my family belonged to the Devadasi tradition. We had to face oppression on both counts. I dropped out of school and helped my family for a while. I joined back a year after this incident,”
In a family of eight children, he was the youngest and he could only complete graduation with the support of his elders. “Even today, people living in my colony are restricted from entering temple and a community hall in the village. I and my family members have faced difficulty in getting houses for rent in places like Hassan. A few years ago, my sister’s family was forced to vacate the house within minutes, after the house-owner learnt about her caste. I too faced such ordeal, when I moved to Hassan after getting a job,” he said. He has narrated these incidents in his book. “These are not old stories, but happening every day. In my village, upper caste people do not have meals with Dalits. The upper caste people have to be served food in hotels, when they attend Dalit marriages,” he said.
Persistence of Poverty in India argues that there is a close correlation between poverty and the persistence of caste-based hierarchy of occupations in India."Dalits and adivasis who are still engaged as agricultural labourers have the highest incidence of poverty.
Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims - Part 11: Hindutva, Gandhism, and the Caste Question