A death in India

Priestcraft & usurers

Sat Pal is an office assistant in the school where I work here in India. He has an eighth-grade education and limited intelligence. When his brother died two weeks ago, we all knew how difficult his life would now become. As the oldest man in his extended family, he makes most of the major decisions and bears whatever financial burdens occur. As his employer, I am often involved in his family crises. This one was no exception.

His...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.