Sujatha Gidla was born into India's lowest social caste, the untouchables. Despite moving to the U.S., the psychological toll of being untouchable left her feeling inferior for years.
The global Hindu community, while inextricably rooted in the peoples and soil of India and their diaspora, can't be superficially contained or constrained by boundary or ideology, or any kind of classification of race, gender, sexuality, or caste.
Ven. Dr. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She just returned from South India where she established the first nunnery for "Untouchables," and she told me about the urgent need for support for girls and women.
I'll never forget the story of two girls in particular, no more than 15 years old. Pushpa was a Dalit, an untouchable, and Susheela was a Brahmin, the priest and artisan caste. In their communities, this meant absolutely no mixing together. Their friendship challenged long-held traditions.
Full Segment: We talk to Martin Smith, producer of Frontline's 'The Untouchables,' to discuss Lanny Breuer stepping down, and HuffPost Politics reporter Jason Linkins about the news of the day.
The 25th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival opened this past Saturday with the world premiere of Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, produced by James Cameron and directed by Andrew Adamson.
This first episode of Video Volunteers' new webshow, On the Ground, highlights the past, present, and a hopefully more positive future for the practice of untouchability and the caste system in India.
The poorest, lowest of all Hindu castes -- once called untouchables and now called dalits (meaning the oppressed) -- have started spawning millionaires.
Contrary to the wide academic conflation of caste and Hinduism, the practice of caste-based discrimination is in contradiction to the Hindu teaching that each individual is equally divine and has the potential to realize God based on his effort.