A barbaric notion totally inimical to 5,000 years of Indic civilisation and culture based on the totems and taboos of ritual pollution. Which in turn is based on the concept of what has been called inappropriate context. For instance, it is appropriate to wear shoes to go outdoors, but it is inappropriate (ritually polluting) to wear shoes indoors, more so within a place of worship.
The film is beautifully directed by Amma Asante (Belle) to capture the period as well as the contrasts between life in Britain and Africa. So the personal side of this story is hugely involving. And if Hibbert had written the political elements without moralising through the conflict and simplifying the people, the film might have expressed its bigger central themes much more effectively..
As Africans continue to make endless dangerous journeys to Europe and the North America escaping bad regimes and social inequalities, their new host are not that very welcoming. The human misery we continue to see on our TV sets is mostly caused by brutal regimes such as the one in Uganda,etc. The rule of Law and rights of individuals has become a thing of the past because most of the oppressive regimes continue to be supported by their former colonial powers such as Britain..
The social Darwinism that began to mould India 150 years ago remains a vibrant part of our middle class sensibility. The generation of colonial officials writing shortly before independence remained convinced that the ‘rising flood of human beings’ was the principal cause of Indian poverty and the reason why the British had been unable to raise standards of living. The grim Malthusian reading of India that, whether expressly or tacitly, still informs most middle class perceptions of the great unwashed has not departed very much at all from this view.
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