The ruminations of Vimal Das, Dalit and Hindu priest9 min read 22 Apr 2017, 11:21 PM IST
Vimal Das, a member of the Ezhava caste in Kerala, on his life as a priest at a Hindu temple
Editor’s note: Vimal Das, 31, is one of six priests at a small temple to the sages or rishis that appear in Hindu mythology. Das was born an Ezhava, a caste considered untouchable and which until 1936 was not even allowed to enter most temples to pray. The Ezhavas are also a community that the Bharatiya Janata Party—traditionally a party of the upper castes—has chosen as the best way to enter Kerala, a state that is otherwise dominated by the left parties and the Congress.
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