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India Untouched - Documentary produced by an Indian NGO on the SOCIAL EXCLUSION of the lower castes (Dalits) in India

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Caste structure is the base of Indian society, even today, which is based on social hierarchy, inequality, purity-pollution concepts, deprivation of all basic rights with the religious sanction. In turn, nearly 20 percent of this population became excluded from all spheres of life and continue to struggle for dignity, status and equality.

A few of them also converted to other religions like Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and so on but continue to suffer at the hands of upper castes and the religious heads. The film is educative showing current realities of life conditions of these people across religions, education, occupations and untouchability practice and tries to show the harsh realities in the context of Inclusive global situation.

Discussion led by Professor Govardhan Wankhede, visiting fellow at the Asia Research Center. Professor Wankhede is from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. His areas of interest are Education of marginalized, Affirmative Action Policy, Social Discrimination, Social Exclusion-Inclusion and currently working at the Center on Inclusion Policy in Higher Education.

This talk is part of the Education, Equality and Development (EED) Group Seminars series.

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