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The Economist - Bricks of clay and men of straw

Bricks of clay and men of straw

"OUTSIDE a village called Mau, in Uttar Pradesh, half a dozen chimneys rise from kilns into a colourless sky. These ovens, six among the 100,000 which turn out the 200 billion bricks made each year in India, are worked by dalits—members of castes once regarded as Untouchable.

India's brick kilns are noxious sources of pollution, particularly soot, and working them means a life that is always nasty, frequently brutish and often short..."

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