Migration Narratives: The SHRAM Blog

Archive for the ‘Bonded Labour’ Category

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.

The Story of Nanka

Nanka is Nanka Bharti aged around 35 with a wife, two sons and a daughter. Naka works as a non-agricultural labourer in and around the city of Allahabad as and when engaged by the local sub-contractor under the multiple core contractors in the city. Nanka is a Dalit, his wife remains engaged as a domestic […]

The Story of Rajkumar Sonkar

A common feature of living and ensuring livelihood in Uttar Pradesh is occupying caste and caste determining occupations. I had also a curiosity if I ever find Pandits (Brahmin by birth on public road ferrying goods. So this morning I asked Rajkumar his name and he responded by his first name only. I was adamant […]

Story of Gulab: A Boy Trapped in Bonded Labour

This is not the story of rose – this is Gulab working as virtually Gulaam (slave) though formal slavery was/is not there in India. Some of the labourers remain attached to land, some tied, some bonded, some forced, some unpaid and so on. Gubal comes from Prajapati sub-caste that is from the bottom caste in […]

Migrant worker rescued from factory: A PARDA Initiative

A migrant labourer lost his left arm while working in a factory in Gujarat but his employer held him captive for over a year to cover up the incident.Lupeshwar Sabar, Tikelal Sahu and Babulal Sahu went to Hibond Cement factory Patidar village, Sapore P.S., Tehsil Gondal, Dist. Rajkot with Kisan Sahu who had earlier been […]

Migrant Workers Rescued from Telangana Brick Kiln

Here is yet another success story of PARDA against labor rights violation and vulnerability of women in migration at a location far away in Telangana. One Ramu(Sira) Naik (50) and his daughter Haseena(Khira) Naik (30) have been rescued by our Migration Resource Centre, PARDA.