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Tag Archive for Mahars

The Silence of the Archives: Why the Grave Diggers of the Bubonic Plague are Unremembered


The Mahars of Bombay Presidency, who buried the human and animal dead, were essential to the colonial state as frontline health workers. They worked in filthy burial grounds where jackals often dug up the dead
A guest post from Sohini Chattopadhyay, PhD candidate, History Department, Columbia University