Untouchable

“A bit superior to his job,’ they always said, ‘not the kind of man who ought to be doing this.”

The quote is referring to Bakha, who is taking up a position as a sweeper. People wonder why he’d take a job that’s below him, given how he functions in society. The job of a sweeper is perceived to be for low-life members of society, the job seems frowned upon. Given that his father is a jamadar of all sweepers, a position of power, people of society view it as strange and baffling that the son would be a sweeper and not in a position of power.