Fellow Since 1990
Trust for Health , Environment and Literacy for the People
This description of P. Muthu's work was prepared when P. Muthu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1990.
Muthu, an environmental toxicologist, still close to his roots as a Harijan (untouchable) boy, growing up poor in rural Tamil Nadu, wants to protect those who always get the dirtiest jobs, the poorest and most vulnerable, from the chemical risks that increasingly characterize such jobs -- be they leather tanning or applying pesticides.
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