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Caste Wars

William Dalrymple

‘Bad things went on in Bihar, my friends told me’

On the night of 13 February 1992 two hundred armed untouchables surrounded the high-caste village of Barra in the northern Indian state of Bihar. By the light of burning splints, the raiders roused all the men from their beds and marched them out into the fields. Then they slit their throats with ru…


William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the author of several notable works of non-fiction including, The City of Djinns, which won the Thomas Cook Travel Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year prize in 1994. His most recent book, Nine Lives: in Search of the Sacred in Modern India, was published in 2009.

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