Dalits have long been ostracized as the 'untouchables' in Indian society. Discrimination and the impact of the coronavirus have only reinforced their status.
India is not able to do away with its caste politics. It has been apparent in the dramatic turn of Narendra Modi's regime to woo lower castes through multiple policy measures.
A crackdown on the beef and leather trades has put hundreds of thousands of Indian Muslims and Dalits out of work, vexing already-tense religious relations and hurting India's economy.