Being Untouchable

Above: Shantabai has invested great hope in her son, Vikas. It is hot inside their home of wood and plastic sheeting, which sits beside an acrid lake that often overflows during the monsoon. Vikas is Shantabai's fourth child, but none of his older siblings survived.

Vikas' bold aspiration to become an engineer, despite the poverty and caste of his family, shines brightly in these surroundings. 

Nasik District, Maharashtra.

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