Human Rickshaw




A tourist pays a human rickshaw driver to ferry him around Kolkata. He films the driver from the comfort of his seat. When they return to the start, tourist and driver switch place and the journey begins again.

Human rickshaws were introduced to India during Britain's colonial Raj. The drivers of these vehicles are Dalits. (Meaning 'oppressed', Dalit is the self-chosen political name of peoples which the caste system considers untouchable.) Despite a ban being placed on this profession, the human rickshaw is still a common mode of transport in Kolkata.



Date : 2011
Media
: Two-channel video (10 mins)
 


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