One of the few, the very few, areas in which the BBC excels is the credible, unbiased documentary. As I have noted previously, the scope, attention to detail; alongside a notable lack of left-wing comment in such areas as the life of Enoch Powell, the World at War, or Carl Sagan, the professionalism shines through. Sadly, even the documentary side of the BBC has fallen prey to the lefty side of the BBC, not so much in what it says; but what it, pointedly, leaves out!
I watched all four episodes of ‘World’s Busiest Railway’ about India’s suburban and continental railway systems which originate in Bombay, a.k.a. Mumbai. It was a truly fascinating in-depth look at the problems and solutions of transporting a million people every day to their work in this huge mega-city. We saw the innovative solutions, such as the train carriages without doors, sliding slowly into the terminus tracks of the CST with a platform on either side of the train: which allow the floods of commuters to debark from both sides of the train, thus easing the flow and pressure on the people. We saw the extremely simple, yet complex safety system for running trains forty seconds apart with automated braking if the drivers ignore a red light signal. We saw the ‘super-crush density’ loading in the suburban rail carriages, with even the women-only carriages crowded beyond belief. We watched the robust maintenance details, checking the brake-linings on each carriage axle wheel-set, designed for ease-of-maintenance and access by unskilled labour; ensuring safe operation and better running.
In the four hours of film, where all three presenters gave, for the BBC that is; a fair and proportionate look at what is truly a massive logistical operation, working seven days a week, for twenty-odd hours of every day, there were only a few noticeable glaring omissions, but only if your objectivity was in top gear. For instance, there wasn’t much of the usual burble and blow about the BBC’s favourite bullshit theme, Climate Change, Global Warming; whichever lie you choose; mainly because just about the entire Indian Rail system is electrified, but 70-odd % of their Electricity Generating Stations are thermal coal-fired stations, belching out the dreaded CO2 by the megaton. Towards the end of this truly impressive documentary, there was another clue to one of the omissions; but again only if the viewer was both alert, and knowledgeable about India. The filmed piece was concentrating on end-of-day servicing, cleaning, removal of trackside and train rubbish, with squads of lithe young women who shovelled, packed and disposed of the untold weight of refuse generated within the CST complex by a million people every day. Yes, these women were filmed, labouring ceaselessly for what Western minds would see as a pittance, because it was a job, and a lasting one, and most were presumably happy to grasp and keep a job which would at least pay them a living wage: but what was definitely not mentioned was the astounding fact that all these women were employed because of their birth, their standing within Hindu India’s Caste system, and also the fact that they would never be allowed to rise above the gruelling grind of heavy manual labour, digging and moving refuse and dirt because of the accident of their birth; which was that of ‘Untouchable’ or, in Indian terminology ‘Dalit’!
It is an acknowledged fact of life that the main religion in India is Hinduism, and the social structure which has emerged from this belief structure is the “Caste” system, whereby a religion is allowed to dictate that people are only allowed to do certain jobs, marry certain men or women, and even are dictated how they are treated after their deaths. For the upper circles, who are known as ‘Brahmin’, the professions are religious priests, political and military leaders; land owners are from the ‘Kshatriya’ caste, the vast majority of laborers, artisans and technicians are ‘Shudra’; but the one “Caste” which is not well publicised or even acknowledged are the “Harijan”, otherwise known as the Dalits, or “Untouchables”. These people, sentenced at birth to be sewage workers, cleaners of filth and human refuse, number some twenty percent of the population, and in a country which prides itself upon its democratic roots and government, it is indeed a strange commentary that one-fifth of its population is barred from rising out of the sewers and into everyday life! A British onlooker might state ‘well, thats okay for India, but they are used to it, this casual, crushing, condescending everyday humiliation of a quarter-of-a billion (250,000,000) people, but this disgusting discrimination is now, imported with the Indian diaspora, evident in England, never mind Assam or Bangalore!
We have, for better or worse within this UK; Laws against discrimination for various reasons. We are not allowed to discriminate, for example, against homosexuals having, or intending to have, anal sex in a bedroom of a bed-and-breakfast establishment, even if this act deeply offends the religious beliefs of the couple who own the B&B. These otherwise ordinary people were prosecuted for this alleged discrimination, and were fined £3,000. So why are a large proportion of our immigrant Hindu population suffering discrimination by members of their own race and religion? Why did this mealy-mouthed Tory Government state that it was considering adding Caste discrimination to the Equality Act, but not take this further? Is it because of the number and voice of a number of high-profile Hindus, who are also donors to both the Tories and Labour Parties?
I commented upon my own site as follows:- I listened to the weasel words of the Brahmin contributor to that Sunday Programme, and I could not help comparing my thoughts to those of the greatest Playwright and Author himself, when he wrote, “Firstly, let us kill all the lawyers’” Not, of course, because I wished that man evil, but because he spoke of the ‘great complexity’ of the problem; of the ‘great difficulty’ in removing this disgraceful, lunatic and truly hurtful religious discrimination from a large number of people who are suffering innumerable insults because of who their antecedents were some centuries ago!
One strange and simple truth about the Hindu religion, and its millions of devotees, is that they are very, very defensive about the caste system, and how a good 25% of India’s population is routinely discriminated against without much sound or fury from the remaining 75%, because they are the ones who benefit from this nasty and thoroughly despicable practice. I used to write articles for a South Korean news website, and I sent the piece I mentioned in the previous paragraph to them, I was told that, due to the presence and opinions on the editorial team of two Indians, reluctantly the news website would not be placing my piece online; despite the fact that there was not a single untrue word in the whole piece. Strange, when your very existence is hidden by censorship!