I have said here that I am thinking through the system of caste and its relationship to racism. What follows is an excelllent three part series that 'investigates' the system of caste in Shining India.
Britain's Channel 4 has an investigative program called "Unreported World" and this broadcast introduced me to the work of reporter Ramita Navai and producer Siobhan Sinnerton.
Channel4 introduces the program by saying the program exposes:
"(T)he horrific plight of the country's 170 million Dalits; Literally meaning "the broken people" - and previously called "the untouchables", they are at the bottom of India's caste system and are some of the most oppressed people on Earth.
Economic growth has done little to improve the Dalits' lot; despite legislation, they still form 60 per cent of all those below the poverty line. Now, as Unreported World reports, Dalits are starting to fight for political power in an Indian civil rights movement against segregation every bit as bad as apartheid South Africa and the 1950s American South."
If you are even remotely interested in the oppression of caste, I recommend you watch this program. Parts, like the "manual scavenging" and human waste collections, are hard to deal through.
Unreported World - "India: The Broken People" (Part One)
Unreported World - "India: The Broken People" (Part Two)
Unreported World - "India: The Broken People" (Part Three)
And we are not free!
This post also appears at: Indiginest Intellegence Review