“For a sweeper, a menial to be seen smoking constituted an offence before the lord. Bhaka knew that it was considered a presumption on the part of the poor to smoke like rich people”
Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. New York: Penguin Group, 2014. 42. Print.
Despite being lower in the Caste system, Bhaka chooses to engage in behaviors outside of the realm of what is “acceptable” for people of his caste. Smoking the cigarette near the lord is a breaking of this barrier where Bhaka engages in behaviors that imitate that of a higher caste.