India's Poorest State Defies Economic Slump

05/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Wall Street Journal

This country's path out of the global economic turmoil may start here, among a community of outcastes who dine on rats.

In Bihar, India's poorest and least literate major state, the Mushahar are the poorest and least literate. Most are farm laborers. About one in 10 can read.

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