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'Writing With Fire' chronicles how a group of Dalit women became investigative reporters

"We love asking questions to ourselves, to each other, and to go into a set of facts with an open mind and allow it to evolve into a story," Sushmit Ghosh, left, and Rintu Thomas told Nikkei Asia.

NEW DELHI -- These women journalists have not attended elite schools or colleges, and nor are they attired in smart designer wear like female peers working in India's big media houses. Their jobs come without the glamour and perks too, where accomplishing routine tasks means diligently traversing a network of roadblocks.

If being a woman in a male-dominated society was not enough of a disadvantage, then being a Dalit -- the lowest rung in India's caste hierarchy -- is another hurdle these women have had to scale to claim their rightful space.

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