Caste matters

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Kannan Arunasalam was born in Sri Lanka, but brought up in the UK.

When he moved back to Sri Lanka, he confronted the caste divisions he was taught not to heed.

Kannan taped his encounters with people from higher and lower castes in Colombo, offering a rare peek inside a world that’s usually closed to outsiders.
 

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