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India's Hidden Slavery

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Record Label   Authentic
Format   AVI / Full Screen / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Oct 15, 2008
Publisher   AUTHENTIC BOOKS
ISBN  1934068853  
EAN  9781934068854  


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India's Hidden Slavery exposes contemporary slavery in India among the 250 million-strong Dalit community. Once known as Untouchables, the Dalits form the lowest layer of India's hierarchical system known as "caste." Dalits are routinely oppressed and abused as modern-day slaves: in bonded labor, the sex industry, temple prostitution, manual scavenging and other brutal forms of exploitation. The plight of the Dalits is little known in the West and their situation contrasts starkly with the widespread perception of India's current economic and tourist boom. Below the surface is a society still wracked by caste divisions, with millions suffering and held hostage to a social structure that reinforces segregation, poverty and injustice. The hour-long documentary film, shot in villages and cities across India in late 2006 and early 2007, portrays extraordinary scenes of Dalit exploitation, with first-hand testimony of Dalits facing bonded and coerced labor and sexual exploitation. This is combined with expert analysis by prominent advocates for their cause, including contributions from former Prime Minister V.P. Singh, Dalit Freedom Network president, Dr. Joseph D'Souza and leading Indian political scientist, Dr. Kancha Ilaiah. Dalit experts and commentators alike appeal for concerted action by the Indian government, assisted by the West, to address the whole system of caste which for centuries has caused such suffering. Since this suffering continues unabated today, the film concludes that the tragic plight of millions of Dalits is certainly one of today's most pressing human rights issues. India's Hidden Slavery includes a trailer and the menu enables sections to be shown on their own for small groups, study or discussion purposes.

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India?'s Hidden Slavery exposes contemporary slavery in India among the 250 million-strong Dalit community. Once known as Untouchables, the Dalits form the lowest layer of India?'s hierarchical system known as "caste." Dalits are routinely oppressed and abused as modern-day slaves: in bonded labor, the sex industry, temple prostitution, manual scavenging and other brutal forms of exploitation. The plight of the Dalits is little known in the West and their situation contrasts starkly with the widespread perception of India?'s current economic and tourist boom. Below the surface is a society still wracked by caste divisions, with millions suffering and held hostage to a social structure that reinforces segregation, poverty and injustice. The hour-long documentary film, shot in villages and cities across India in late 2006 and early 2007, portrays extraordinary scenes of Dalit exploitation, with first-hand testimony of Dalits facing bonded and coerced labor and sexual exploitation. This is combined with expert analysis by prominent advocates for their cause, including contributions from former Prime Minister V.P. Singh, Dalit Freedom Network president, Dr. Joseph D Souza and leading Indian political scientist, Dr. Kancha Ilaiah. Dalit experts and commentators alike appeal for concerted action by the Indian government, assisted by the West, to address the whole system of caste which for centuries has caused such suffering. Since this suffering continues unabated today, the film concludes that the tragic plight of millions of Dalits is certainly one of today?'s most pressing human rights issues. India?'s Hidden Slavery includes a trailer and the menu enables sections to be shown on their own for small groups, study or discussion purposes.

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Pleased with purchase!  Oct 28, 2009
This movie is a must see. I am thoroughly pleased with the service I received in purchasing and receiving.
 
Slavery still exists in India  Nov 16, 2008
This film is essential for our future and education. India is supposed to be one of the largest democracies in the world, and soon a permanent member of the Security Council, but without reaching the proportions of the ancient Greek or ancient Roman situations, it is tainted by the existence of a good ten percent layer of slaves in the midst of their society, the Dalits that are evaluated to be maybe up to 250 millions today, the famous untouchables, that caste of pariahs who have been declared from the very start by the Hindu religion, as far as the Rigveda something like three thousand years ago, as forever born non-divine, hence impure, hence not worth any real position or even visibility in society, and as being just barely tolerable for the dirtiest tasks in the worst possible un-salaried or hardly salaried positions, forever dependent of some greedy contractors who can reduce them to dogs surviving in a dilapidated kennel. In other words slavery. The religious justification of this exploitation of human beings by other human beings is going to make it difficult to eradicate it. The film is very clear about the social depravation this caste system produces in this unclassifiable enormous minority. But the situation is even worse, and I have been able to see it with my own eyes, when some political movements who found their inspiration in the extreme Maoism of some fifty years ago turn the fact that these Dalits are denied the right to possess anything into the supreme quality of representing the future of humanity in total dispossession of individuals to the sole profit of collective ownership of all riches, and first of all the land. That's the only explanation you can find in the refusal by the Hindu Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka to accept the land the Sri Lankan government wanted to give to all Tamil plantation workers. These myths of the future of the world being represented by the most alienated and deprived people in a society, those who only have their chains to lose and loosen, will still survive some centuries because it is a spiritual and mental chain of an invisible nature. Luckily the tremendous development of India is pushing away some attitudes and developing new solidarities and trans-social, and in India trans-caste, cooperation. And the Dalits find the educational help they need from the Christians churches who reach beyond belief divides, just as I have seen it in Sri Lanka with and from the Buddhists. This film is thus an essential piece of information about the future: India has to finally get rid of this ugly problem by promoting these Dalits out of their depravation, at least if they want to be recognized in their emerging status by the rest of the world. That will require in India that all those who consider the liberation of humanity from bondage and dependence should find the way to coming together and joining hands and efforts to free energies and desires to grow in every single individual, in even single group of human beings, in every single community. I do believe India is able to re-invent human liberty and equality by their bringing up to the surface the deep inspiration they have always had in the collaboration between and among different communities. I will yet be slightly critical of the film in the fact that it does not at all allude to the Mogul Empire and then the British Empire who have exacerbated that dependence and that caste system into an ossified straight jacket for the Dalits, though that very same society had been able to produce Buddhism which is the very negation of this caste system and the assertion that all men are equal in front of enlightenment and nirvana, at least the small vehicle Buddhism I know.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
 

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