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Dalits, formerly known as "untouchables," do construction work in Tamil Nadu, India. Members of the lower caste are often relegated to jobs such as construction and garbage collection. The India Today Group/India Today Group/Getty Images hide caption

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Ram Nath Kovind (left) walked with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader L.K. Advani (center) on their way to file Kovind's nomination papers for the presidential elections in New Delhi on June 23. Kovind belongs to the lowest rank of Hinduism's hierarchy. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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The man with the bandaged heads is one of the four members of the Dalit community who were flogged with iron rods and pipes on July 11 by group of self-styled "cow protectors." Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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The Caste Formerly Known As 'Untouchables' Demands A New Role In India

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