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Kasturba Balika School, New Delhi, India, 2002

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"Uplifted by song, Sneha, an Untouchable [a member of the lowest Hindu castes] eighth grader, leads classmates in a hand-clapping rehearsal of a patriotic anthem to be performed at a concert celebrating India's Republic Day. Kasturba Balika School in New Delhi provides education to some 700 underprivileged girls, most of them Untouchables. It is named for the wife of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who fought—and failed—to end the practice of Untouchability."

—From "Untouchable," June 2003, National Geographic magazine

Photograph by William Albert Allard

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