India’s the world’s largest democracy recently changed guards.
The rein of power passed from an Oxford educated world-class economist to a self-made, self-taught social worker who started as a tea seller on a railway station.
This is the story of India.
The country’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a huge task before him.
How he will perform remains to be seen.
People around the world have their eyes glued on India progress under the new leader.
This was a big story.
However, there is an even bigger story.
Only in India you say.
Millions of India’s lowest “untouchable” caste celebrated the election of a rat catcher.
Jitan Ram Manjhi, 68, who grew up catching and eating rats to survive, has been installed as the chief minister of the state of Bihar.
The “untouchables” are India’s most marginalized minority.
Modi’s stunning victory was aided by his origins as a tea boy.
But, Manjhi’s victory is even more stunning.
His is the most extraordinary rise of any politicians in the long history of India.
No one can match Manjhi’s rise to power and fame.
His rat catcher caste is the very lowest of India’s “untouchable” caste doing the dirtiest jobs in the country.
The “untouchables” are often banned from drinking water from wells used by higher castes and their children are forced to eat separately at schools.
The same people suffer inhumane and brutal treatment.
Almost half of Bihar’s population is made up of the “untouchables.”
Many now believe the election of Manjhi will allow such caste members to take their rightful place in mainstream society.
This is a historic event in India.
Manjhi had a passion for education as a youngster and was helped by a tutor hired for the child of a rich man.
He later attended university and in the 1980s became a Congress member of the state assembly.
Manjhi then became a tribal welfare in the united government and urged people to eat rats when rodents were blamed for lost grain stocks.
India’s has a population of more than 1.3 billion.