In the green, undulating hills of eastern India that supply the world with Darjeeling tea, revolution is brewing as a new generation dreams of life beyond the confines and hardship of plantation work.

Rahul Kumar Jha, 27, is an aspiring writer. But for the last six months he has been running a campaign to win land rights for his father, a tea picker, as he and other young people battle to break an intergenerational cycle of labor.

For nearly two centuries, the children of West Bengal's tea garden workers have had to take on their parents' life-long jobs to retain tied housing at the gardens when their parents retire.