By Jim Yardley
New York Times
Posted: 03/09/2012 06:20:59 PM PST
March 10, 2012 4:29 AM GMT Updated: 03/09/2012 08:29:54 PM PST
MUZAFFARNAGAR, India -- Along the narrow lane known as Khadar Wallah, Muslims and low-caste Hindus have lived side by side for years, bound by poverty, if not religion. Yet recently, Muslims like Murtaza Mansuri have noticed a change. Their neighbors have become better off.
Many of the Dalits, the low-caste Hindus once known as untouchables, have gotten government jobs, or slots in public universities, opportunities that have meant stable salaries and nicer homes.