Touching the Untouchables

The Life of Baba Amte

When Baba Amte died here in India in February, at the age of ninety-three, he was remembered as the champion of people affected by leprosy. The morning of his funeral, my husband Ravi was on his way to Nagpur, an hour from Anandwan, the ashram Baba Amte established in 1951 in the central Indian state of Maharashtra. On the flight, Ravi met a friend who was attending the funeral, and Ravi decided to tag along.

Indian crowds are always large...

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