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Oka Oorie Katha


East Indians still suffer under the heavy weight of the Laws of Mani, which prescribe occupations and social obligations for every kind of person, organized into "castes." Those on the bottom of the totem pole are obliged to do whatever work is not forbidden to them by the ancient codes. Basically, they are asked to do whatever no one else is willing to do. Given the numbers of poor in India, that is a tall order indeed. In the story, a father, his son, and family, work like slaves on the farms of...more