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Undoing India’s Gains in Fighting Poverty

Millions of migrant workers in India made arduous journeys back to their villages after the government imposed the world’s largest lockdown in March. Many say caste discrimination they face in rural hinterlands is reversing even the small economic and social gains they eked out in cities.

In the village of Aston, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Raju Banskar, 33, says the double stigma of coming from a lower caste and having traveled from New Delhi, where the coronavirus is spreading, has made it impossible to find a job. In the capital, construction work brought him as much as 300 rupees ($4) a day, and few paid

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