There are 156 tea gardens in Bangladesh where around 200,000 people are living and working.

When the people of Bangladesh were not interested in working in the tea gardens and then the East India Company had to find people who were even poorer. So these castes called the untouchables were brought from Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Deswall, Jharkand in India. They were given a dictated life style within the tea garden- and their life was in total captivity.

They were brought some 200 years ago from India before the partition, which was one big country that included Pakistan and Bangladesh. Even though it was one country there were so many differences between the native Bangladeshis’ and the new untouchable people, which carries on still today. The biggest differences are: language, culture, religion, looks and life style- almost every thing. The East India Company was content in this sense that the untouchables will never attempt to mix with the outside world; they would always mind their own business, and which they do.

Their life was dictated to the extent that they would born, live, and die in the tea garden and never to put a step outside the designated area. Life in the tea garden is completely isolated so much so when Bangladesh had a 9 month long war in 1971 with Pakistan, but life in the tea garden was almost normal. Nothing interests them like world politics, war, or election simply because it does not have any effect on there life. Changes in the outside world does not concern them at all, even the change of their nationality from being Indian to now Bangladeshi has not brought any improvement to them. They never even had the rights to vote until about 10 years ago. To them they are just human, hard working humans. The main work force of the tea garden is the women, which I have presented here.