(The Author) is perhaps the Booker T. Washington of the (Untouchable) Dalits, attacking caste by disproving its premise – by rising within, not outside the system…… Just as Washington once advised African-Americans, (the Author) today counsels Dalits to rise by educating themselves, not by waiting for emancipation.

Anand Giridharadas in
International Herald Tribune,

(October 12, 2005)