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India--the untouchables : the small secret of India

Author: Yorgos AvgeropoulosAnastasia SkoubriP L MimrothSukhadeo ThoratVimala ThorātaAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Filmakers Library, Inc., 2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English
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Today it is illegal in India to discriminate against Dalits, which literally means "the oppressed," the term now commonly used to refer to India's former untouchables. Despite the legal abolition of untouchability a half-century ago, they continue to be the target of systematic discrimination and comprise a highly disproportionate percentage of India's illiterate, landless and jobless population. Dalits number 260  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary
Educational
Interviews
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Yorgos Avgeropoulos; Anastasia Skoubri; P L Mimroth; Sukhadeo Thorat; Vimala Thorāta; Māyāvatī; Ranbir Sena; Exandas (Firm); Small Planet (Firm); Filmakers Library, inc.
OCLC Number: 189776577
Language Note: In English and Indian dialects with English subtitles.
Notes: This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
Credits: Research coordinator, Apostolis Kaparoudakis ; editor, Dimitris Nikolopoulos ; director of photography, Dinesh Lal ; original music, Yannis Paxevanis.
Performer(s): Commentary: P.L. Mimroth, S. Thorat, V. Thorat, Ranbir Sena, Mayawati.
Description: 1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R ; NTSC format.
Other Titles: Untouchables
Small secret of India
Responsibility: Exandas presents ; a production of Small Planet ; written, produced and directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos ; co-producer, Anastasia Skoubri.

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Today it is illegal in India to discriminate against Dalits, which literally means "the oppressed," the term now commonly used to refer to India's former untouchables. Despite the legal abolition of untouchability a half-century ago, they continue to be the target of systematic discrimination and comprise a highly disproportionate percentage of India's illiterate, landless and jobless population. Dalits number 260 million Hindus, making caste discrimination one of the world's biggest human rights issues. The film describes several examples of caste discrimination and also discusses the landlord-sponsored militia, Ranbir Sena's Army, which is attacking agricultural laborers and their families, all of them Dalits. The Ranbir Sena says the Dalits will be targets unless they cease their agitation for better pay and land and repudiate the Naxhalites. These are Maoist armed-activists who have gained a following in parts of Bihar by assisting agricultural workers in organizing and defending themselves from landlord violence.

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India – The Untouchables

(EMRO user published 2008-03-26 ) Very Good Permalink
Although we hear about many kinds of discrimination in our daily lives, it is not often that one still hears about caste discrimination. One of the most cruel and inhuman instances of discrimination continues to occur against the poorest of the poor, the Dalits in India. Dalits or the “untouchables”...
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