Don’t mistake ‘duty’ for ‘religion’

By Faye Sakura Rentoule:
The Sanskrit word for ‘duty’ is mistranslated into the word ‘religion’ in English. Professor Singh has taught Indian literature in translation for eleven years and believes that this mistranslation has changed the way the western world understands India.

Shivani Singh is a full time volunteer for an NGO called Samanpar that works to put children into schools. She says that it is easy to judge the life of a child that we see working when we do not fully understand their duties that give them a place in their communities.

A child stands in the slums of Kathputli Colony.

A child stands in the slums of Kathputli Colony.

Children throw flowers and coloured flour to celebrate the deity Ganesha.

Children throw flowers and coloured flour to celebrate the deity Ganesha.

This 16 year old wife has two children to look after.

This 16 year old wife has two children to look after.

Children often mind stalls.

Children often mind stalls.

The children are responsible for tasks that are the role of adults in other places in the world.

The children are responsible for tasks that are the role of adults in other places in the world.

It is a common sight to see a young mother and her child in the slums.

It is a common sight to see a young mother and her child in the slums.

A child serves street food to another child in Old Delhi.

A child serves street food to another child in Old Delhi.

Children celebrate the festival of Ganesha with music and colour.

Children celebrate the festival of Ganesha with music and colour.

Children celebrate the festival of Ganesha with music and colour.

Children celebrate the festival of Ganesha with music and colour.

Even when there are adults around, children are seen taking care of other children.

Even when there are adults around, children are seen taking care of other children.

Children are dressed up by their parents and offered up for photos with tourists. The parents then often ask for money in return.

Children are dressed up by their parents and offered up for photos with tourists. The parents then often ask for money in return.

Vaisha is a teenage mother and looks after a group of children in he area in the slums.

Vaisha is a teenage mother and looks after a group of children in he area in the slums.

A young boy answers the calls to Muslim prayers.

A young boy answers the calls to Muslim prayers.

Photostory by Faye Sakura Rentoule.

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