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Balram's Cages

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Balram is angry talking about how India became the month after the British left in August of 1947. When the British were ruling, India’s castes were nicely divided like cages in a zoo. Now, Balram sees India as a jungle, where people are free to attack each other to improve their position. He calls out his dad for being weak because he did not for his sweet shop when a person from another caste seized it. His father ended up as a rickshaw puller instead. Balram comments that his dad did not have the belly to fight back. Balram is determined to not to be a man with a small belly. He is even more determined not to be his father. He feels he was, "cheated of my destiny to to be fat, and creamy-skinned, and smiling"(54). Balram sees India as a
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