Not in some remote rural part of UP either, but the large cities of Kanpur and Lucknow.
- No one expected upper caste Hindus to apply as until a few years back these jobs were meant only for the "untouchables".
- [For the men who applied] it was more demeaning to stay jobless than to take up a broom to clean the streets.
- Earlier, only uneducated persons were considered fit for these menial jobs.
After all, why would a reporter, and her editor, think it newsworthy that "upper caste youth" are applying to become sweepers? (Would it be newsworthy if they were applying to become bus drivers? Software engineers? Cinema ushers?)
However you react to that, consider a few questions: