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Talk on ‘Low-skilled migration and precarious work – Where do the borders of forced migration begin and end?’

In this talk, Priya Deshingkar will draw on research conducted in different locations in Africa and Asia, including India, to draw out the conditions in which low-skilled migrants are recruited and employed and the contrasting discourses on their experience. In doing so, she will highlight the often complex and contradictory outcomes of migration and the […]

The Story of Ravi Bharti

This morning I asked one person engaged in painting work in my Social Science Research Institute at Allahabad who among you all are most poor. He immediately replied all are poor. This proved they are not Economists or Statisticians.

Disguised Workers

Labour is non-substitutable – mostly for the non-labourers to accumulate! Economists take a leap forward and calculate also disguised unemployment without realizing if they themselves are evicted from penning such paid calculations where do they get alternative jobs. In my understanding most of them are socially obsolete (with due apology).

Community Life of Migrants?

Slowly but steadily I have started learning why do people live community life, not all people together obviously but cross sections by region-caste-language and so on. My initial idea was it was for the poor and people engaged at the lowest segment of the labour market showing labourers living together in I-shape cluster of rooms […]

The Story of Anshu

Anshu is a sickly boy of 24 engaged on ad hoc basis in a social science research Institute at Allahabad earning a little more than the stipulated minimum. Anshu comes from a village very close to the city of Allahabad. Anshu is well settled in his household – pursuing his Graduation from a nearby College […]

Internal Migration and Human Rights in India

India being large by geographic space and given the natural instinct of mankind to move, internal migration or movement of people from one corner to another is nothing new and nothing to worry about unless we disturb it. People on the move may also be rooted, that is, live permanently in one region understood as […]

Internal Migration conundrum in India

The first-ever estimates of internal work-related migration using railways data for the period 2011-2016 indicate an annual average flow of close to 9 million migrant people between the states.

Union Budget 2017: Thumbs up for MGNREGA

India’s biggest anti-poverty scheme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or MGNREGA, has been given its “highest allocation ever” of 48,000 crores in the government’s annual Budget presented today, said Finance Minster Arun Jaitley to Parliament.

Tribune oped: For informal workers, ‘notebandi’ equals ‘paisabandi’

Advertisement boards of Paytm, a digital wallet company, are seen placed at stalls of roadside vegetable vendors as they wait for customers in Mumbai, India, November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

Mukta Naik, Eesha Kunduri & Manish (The original piece appeared in The Tribune on 28 December 2016) A sweeping indictment of cash needs to be replaced with a more nuanced understanding of the cash-driven economy. We need measures to protect those who are genuinely cash-dependent. The cash economy is multilayered, involving cash payments at multiple […]

Podcast: Coping with ‘notebandi’: Voices of informal workers

Life has been hard following demonetisation, especially so for informal workers who constitute as per the NCEUS’ 2007 report, about 92% of India’s workforce. In Delhi, many of these informal workers are also migrants. But behind the stories of hardship, there is the reality of coping mechanisms and a variety of strategies that have helped […]