I was watching a documentary “India Untouched(2007, Directed by Stalin K.)” some days back which was about how untouchability is still prevalent in the Indian society even almost after 60 years of independence.The video is a collection of the responses of the so called higher class, the lower class ,the villagers, priests, the educated and the illiterate, the women, the kids, the primary school teachers and so on. It spanned out whole of the India and thereby disproving the fact that the ill practice is done in only some parts of the country.
Some Benarasi Priest still holds the view that the Shudras can’t have the right to be equal to upper classes for which he gave the analogy that the foot can never be considered as important as the brain
Dalits ,being afraid of beaten up , don’t raise their voices or even take the help of constitution , and so ask their children to be distant from the temple
A primary school teacher in a village ask the Ravidasiyas( dalits) students to sit at the end of the class room( away from the Rawats ) and not to disturb the class(ask doubt) while he is teaching.
This may be understood from the very idea that these people are ignorant of the realities and have been fooled by the religious leaders and priests for the ages. But what is disturbing is tha fact that even the educated holds the similar views about untouchability
When asked a Educated girl ” Do you practice untouchability??” She suddenly said “NO”
But when she was asked “Would you marry a boy from a caste which is lower than yours or may be the one who is a Dalit ” She was standing quite.Unrepsonsive.
It felt so disturbing to me that the our education system has never included any course which could tell the fundamental and logical evolution of society and thus has been proving a failure in breaking the walls of discrimination we people have been practicing since the times almost all of us were illiterate.There should have been a change in our ill practices with the amount of progress we are making in other fields of technology, laws, health, growth of the country.I know only education can provide the solution but this has to be done
- India Untouched – Stories of a People Apart – 2007 – by Stalin K. – (The Documentary, talked about in Satyamev Jayate Season 1, Episode 10 Untouchability / Dignity for All) – lovedimpy (extratorrent.com)
- Can’t be a superpower as long as untouchability exists (thehindu.com)