INDIA: The Unswept Streets

Like Abraham Lincoln, the late Mahatma Gandhi believed that God loves the common man best. When Gandhi's followers became the new rulers of India, the lowly untouchables, whom Gandhi had named the Harijans (Men of God), were given some of the highest offices in the land. It became an unwritten law that there should be at least one Harijan minister in the cabinet of each state in the republic. Untouchable children, once forbidden even to draw water from high-caste wells, were offered free education, and public places were forbidden to discriminate against...

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