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Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He worked in journalism for over a decade, and won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007. His bestselling novel, My Friend Sancho, was published in 2009. He is best known for his blog, India Uncut. His current project is a non-fiction book about the lack of personal and economic freedoms in post-Independence India.




Bastiat Prize 2007 Winner

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11 June, 2009

Under The Table And Dreaming

My friend Amitava Kumar points me to this poignant picture by Ritesh Uttamchandani:

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This is a picture of Sunil and Arvind Parmar, who own a tea stall in Gujarat. The boy under the table is their Dalit servant, Mangal.

I’d bet that if Mangal wasn’t under the table, the Parmars would have their feet on the ground, not on their seats, where they seem rather uncomfortable. Is that out of concern or disgust, you think?

I’d also bet that there are hazaar people out there who wouldn’t see anything odd in that boy sitting under the table. Such it goes.

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