Kushinagar: Dalit Education in India

by Joe Sacco
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Kushinagar: Dalit Education in India
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Joe Sacco
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2012
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The New York Review of Books
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The extraordinarily successful French magazine XXI is the publishing industry’s

greatest champion of comics reportage. It has regularly sent cartoonists out into the

world and given them a good deal of magazine space. Editor Patrick de Saint-

Exupery, a seasoned journalist himself, was open to any idea I had and supportive at

every step of the way. The author Pankaj Mishra passed me along to Indian

journalist Piyush Srivastava, who suggested I visit Kushinagar and who graciously

agreed to be my guide. We met in Lucknow, where he is based, and drove for a day

to reach the district, where many of the dalits—“untouchables”—are experiencing

not just abject poverty but real hunger. After three visits to the same hamlet, Piyush

and I were essentially chased out of the area by higher caste individuals who did not

like us snooping around. We decided to visit other villages, but briefly, for no more

than a couple hours each, to avoid the same result.

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