I’m (da)Lit AF

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I’m (da)Lit AF

Illustration: Akshita Monga

“B

ut you don’t look like scheduled caste!” the boy behind me remarked.

Our fifth-grade class teacher had just asked the SC/ST students in the class to raise their hands. It was probably for some 15 per cent reduction in fees or something else, which I don’t remember right now (clearly my Dalit memory cells don’t work as well as Savarna ones) but the kid behind me could not get over how “scheduled caste people” looked like me. Fair and rather ordinary, instead of like maybe Kachra from Lagaan. But with the latest Nikes.

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