PVCHR is happy to share that the article Touching the untouchable: Dalit empowerment through consciousness- raising in an Indian village published by Routledge publication(https://en.m.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Routledge) in its book of Consciousness - Raising Critical Pedagogy and practice for social change. The article is jointly written by Archana Kaushik, Lenin Raghuvanshi and Mohanlal Panda.Links for details:
In the first feature chapter, Archana Kaushik, Lenin Raghuvanshi and Mohanlal Panda explore the practice of untouchability through the experience of one Indian village. Though constitutionally outlawed, the practice is deeply ingrained in Indian culture. It has its roots in the caste system, a traditional form of apartheid. “Dalits,” who are at the lowest rung of caste hierarchy, typically experience discrimination and social exclusion in a myriad of ways. The Dalits in the village lived in thatched houses at the periphery of the village, and their children were denied immunization, supplementary nutrition and schooling because upper-caste health care and education workers dread the prospect of sullying their spiritual purity through physical contact with the Dalits. The chapter recounts the experience of the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), a nongovernmental organization (NGO), in breaking down the barriers that hindered the Dalits from enjoying their most basic rights through the mobilization and empowerment of the Dalits to voice their concerns and fight for justice.
Preview about book:https://www.scribd.com/document/383699542/Consciousness-raising
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