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Matthew N. Schmalz

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Chapter 9: The Broken Mirror: John Masih's Journey from Isai to Dalit

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The Broken Mirror: John Masih's Journey from Isai to Dalit
The broken mirror: John Masih's journey from Isai to Dalit
Matthew N.Schmalz
Tall Tales

The true saint is detached from all ambition but still lives in the world.

John Masih, aphorism number eight.

In the north Indian village of Shantinagar, they often tell a story about John Masih. John was a Catholic convert from the untouchable Chamar caste of tanners and, in his early teens, was studying at the local mission's Hindi medium school.1 Discipline was strict and students were limited to one and a half meals a day because funds were low. But John Masih felt that this was nothing more than stinginess since the mission had its own wheat fields and water buffaloes. The lack of curds John ...

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