Video – India Untouched – A Must Watch Documentary by INSIGHTS · Published December 13, · Updated August 26, This is one documentary I always wanted to share on this site. The documentary titled ˜India Untouched', according to me is an excellent piece of work by Stalin that depicts the theme of caste discrimination, untouchability and plight of the lower caste which is still massively prevalent in our country. Dec 31, · ‘India Untouched – Stories of a People Apart’ is a comprehensive look at untouchability. Director Stalin spent four years traveling the length and breadth of the country to expose the continued oppression of Dalits, ‘the broken people’, who suffer under a 4,year-old religious system/10(52). In this review of ‘India Untouched’, I will attempt to discuss the major issues illustrated in the documentary and give an unbiased critique of the same. I stopped using the full of my last name because it denotes caste. So I go by the name Stalin K”, this excerpt from an interview with the. Synopsis: “India Untouched - Stories of a People Apart” is perhaps the most comprehensive look at Untouchability ever undertaken on film. Director Stalin K. spent four years traveling the length and breadth of the country to expose the continued oppression of "Dalits", the "broken people" who.
Shikhar Suryavansh Roll No: EE13B Review of the documentary: As far as the depiction of theme is considered I think the documentary completely justifies the theme of untouchability which is depicted in the form of very accurate examples from different parts of the country.
It covers villages and towns from southern, northern and western states and even the larger metros. These examples show innumerous forms of discrimination beginning with symbolism like Dalit not being allowed to enter tea stalls and temples and having to dismount from their cycles and take their shoes off in upper caste areas to the issues of marriage and education.
The lack of opportunities for the lower caste is depicted in the footages of the rural schools where the teacher discriminates between the students based on the caste. The lower caste students are not only forced to sit back but also brutally beaten and punished for even minor mistakes whereas even the major sins of upper castes are ignored.
Also there is no access to medical facilities to the Dalit as the hospitals are very far and there have been cases of children dying on the way to hospital.
According to me, the documentary has been very well crafted although the depiction is very basic cinematically with occasional split screen to break the monotony.
On the Ground : Untouchability in India
But the reason I appreciate the craft is that it completely justifies and illustrates its purpose with very well depicted instances.
Personally, it has been a great eye opener for me as I had never expected such forms of untouchability being practiced in our country. Belonging to a higher caste and living in a city where such discriminations are approximately nil, I have never been exposed to such ills in the society.
The documentary has interviewed Rajput farmers who proclaim that the Dalit should always be afraid of them and no Dalit should sit in their presence. Even the police is under the Rajput and is of no help to the Dalit. Such incidents greatly influenced me creating a feeling of hatred and anger against such people. What influenced me more is that the practice of untouchability is inculcated even in the children from a very tender age. EE13B The documentary also illustrates that it is not so that the religions other than Hinduism have remained untouched with the issues of caste discrimination and untouchability.
It exposes the continuation of caste practices and untouchability in Sikhism, Christianity and Islam and among the Communists in Kerala. Even within the Dalit there is a notion of untouchability practiced by sub cast Dalit against lower sub casts, for example a Harijan boy refuses to drink water from a Valmiki boy.
Also the documentary has interviewed an urban Dalit doctor and his wife who is a lecturer at a college. Thus the documentary illustrates not only the rural Dalit problems but also the urban ones.
The interview of a Dalit girl form Jawahar Nehru University shows the practice of untouchability even in such reputed universities of India.
Thus, all such accounts made me realize the hollowness and ills of the Indian culture and society which we are so proud of. A section on how newspaper matrimonial columns are divided according to caste presents urban Indians with an uncomfortable truth: Another striking fact is that most of the people from lower castes also believe that they are subordinate and accept their situation.
Perhaps, it reflects the ideologies and lack of power. Land, one of the major sources of power in rural areas, is distributed very unsymmetrically. Also, political power which is reflected in terms of number plays a very important role in a violence or in the elections. Therefore, the most powerful caste is generally the most populous. Caste system is mainly based on the concept of purity and impurity, which has been permanently destined.
India Untouched - Stories of a People Apart
All these facts are very evident in the way the entire documentary has been narrated. The documentary really is a very illustrative piece of work for it made me perceive the inflexibility and narrow mindedness of the Indian society.
Stalin has put best efforts to showcase the plights and oppressions faced by the people belonging to lower castes and the need to provide reservations for the upliftment of such people. Living in an urban region and having to go to one of the best schools it would have been impossible for me to realize such perils in the society, although even urban Dalit face discrimination in some form or the other.
Also, the best part of the craft is that it is not restricted to a particular region or religion. Rather, it focusses on India as a whole and illustrates the existence of untouchability throughout the country and in all religions.
The entire documentary has clearly been made with a pro reservation mindset and has focused mainly on plights of lower castes. Although, whatever has been presented is very accurate but there are other aspects also which have not been touched perhaps to maintain the integrity of the theme.
From my experiences, I feel that the reservation has given a lot of benefits to lower castes, particularly in urban areas making them economically sound. I have seen people from lower castes, not as talented as their upper caste counterparts, being in an economically superior position just because of the system of reservation. But the documentary did not touch upon any such case. EE13B Another aspect on which the documentary could have improved is that it could have focused more upon the discrimination against the lower castes in the urban metropolitan areas.
Most part of the documentary focuses mainly on the rural areas. It would have created a more powerful impact and people would have connected more had the documentary involved the urban areas more. Focusing more on the urban Dalit problems would have made people realize that education alone is not sufficient to mitigate such evils.
Nevertheless, overall the documentary is a great piece of sociological craft and deserves appreciation.