PK Mahanandia was born into the Dalit caste system in eastern India
In his country, Mahanandia was considered “untouchable.” He was shunned by his entire community, and sadly, wasn’t even allowed to sit in the classroom. “I was below the dogs and cows. The moment I went near the temple, [people] started throwing stones. Those things, I never forget,” he recalled during an interview. Mahanandia was ordered to listen to the school lessons outside, until one day when the school received some visitors.