Sanitation workers say Modi has failed them, demand dignity & better jobs


Five sanitation workers, all from the lowest rung of India’s caste system, were chosen in late February to meet a very important guest: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As cameras flashed, Modi proceeded to wash the feet of the workers, one by one, using water and his hands, a gesture intended to honour staff who clean toilets at the Kumbh Mela, a massive religious gathering in north India. But sanitation workers, scores of whom die each year from asphyxiation while removing waste from underground drains, have had enough, said.....

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