Remorse and guilt are important emotional resources available to a society or a nation for recovery after going through a trauma. In the case of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes, public recognition of their trauma is rarely granted.
The Barabanki girl conveys the spontaneous confidence that only the very young can feel in a complex political situation. Her truth-telling recalls Gandhi’s scepticism about the state’s ability to protect democracy.
Divide and rule might have served as a strategy during certain phases of colonial rule, but it did not work in every case. Its contemporary use demonstrates the persistence of the temptation that India’s colonial rulers had felt during their stay.