Multimedia reporter Ben Piven spent nine months documenting the caste system in Mumbai on a Fulbright grant. He recalls his field research and the questions surrounding caste and Indian nationalism in the slums of Mumbai.
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As a consequence of India's caste system, the country's lowest class has been forced to work in the sewers. Hema Konsotia is a member of the lower-caste Dalit community, known by some as the "untouchables." She is also a college graduate and union activist who works with Dalits, teaching skills and urging political involvement.
For all the progress seen in India's transformation into a modern global economy, the country remains strongly tied to the traditions of its caste system, which largely governs where Indians work and in what jobs. Worldfocus reports on the lowest form of work, for members of India's lowest class.