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The Backward Class

They come from the poorest of the Indian poor, but they’re being given an education worthy of the wealthiest of the wealthy. Their school is a social experiment, whose sources of funding are struggling through the economic crisis. Their families and socio-economic contemporaries remain entrenched in the generations of destitution long associated with their Dalit ('untouchable') caste. They are the twelfth graders of Shanti Bhavan School, living proof of the forgotten potential of the rural poor.

A hopeful coming-of-age story—the first class of Dalit ("untouchable") caste students in India's history, undertake the national ISC high school graduation exams as a means to a brighter future for themselves, and an opportunity to break their families out of the destitution they've been entrenched in for generations.