Untouchable

“The outcastes were not allowed to mount the platform surrounding the well, because if they were ever to draw water from it, the Hindus of the three upper castes would consider the water polluted” (22)

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. Penguin Classics, 1986. Page 22.

Here Anand depicts the worker as reliant. There is also an implication that the working class is filthy, although this implication is made by the Hindus and not Anand himself. Either way, it is shown that for water, a basic necessity, the working class must rely on assistance from upper class citizens

Unfairness of the world

They were all so lushly, expensively smothered in syrup, that he knew they certainly could not be cheap, certainly not for him, because the shopkeepers always deceived the sweepers and the poor people, charging them much bigger prices, as if to compensate themselves for the pollution they courted by dealing with outcastes.

The unfairness in this story (particularly this sentence) is overwhelming.

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. Penguin Classics, pp. 36