Quest for equality: A path towards providing right to work

By Hariharan Subramanian* For Ashish Ranjan Jha of the Jan Jagrit Shakti Sangthan. with operates in few districts of North Bihar, discovering his privileges began from his school days itself. Coming from a politically active family, the discussions in their living room focused on developmental politics and economics. However, he was a regular school-going kid … Continue reading Quest for equality: A path towards providing right to work

Is it not duty of government to enable senior citizens to lead a dignified life?

By Lambodar Mishra* I am a senior citizen and had deposited ₹ 20 lakh in a nationalized bank for 5 years on 01 Aug 2012. I was being paid ₹17676.00 interest amount every month to be able to live a worry free life financially. On maturity date when the bank reinvested the amount, now I … Continue reading Is it not duty of government to enable senior citizens to lead a dignified life?

Time has come full circle for the Gond-Ojhas: Only 3 artisans remain in Adilabad

Gond Ojha family facing uncertain future By Sudhansu R Das They have reasons to quit their profession. The situation around them hardly encourages the Gond Ojhas (artisans) of Adilabad, Telangana, to make Dhokra craft.  Over the years, various marketing agencies, traders and middlemen have used their skill, hard work and imaginative skill to mint money. But they … Continue reading Time has come full circle for the Gond-Ojhas: Only 3 artisans remain in Adilabad

Education, employability and employment: Understanding the intersection

By Arjun Kumar, Ritika Gupta As India progresses into the 21st Century, aiming to become a global powerhouse, one of its significant impediments is the triple challenge of Education, Employability, and Employment. There are substantial gaps between our education system and employment demands in the private and public sectors. COVID -19 has aggravated this gap … Continue reading Education, employability and employment: Understanding the intersection

Urban employment guarantee and increased cash transfers to poor: Remedy for emergencies

By Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Dr Arjun Kumar, Sunidhi Agarwal, Nikhil Jacob The exodus of migrant workers to their home states due to loss of livelihood in the wake of the Covid-19 induced lockdown was unprecedented. It brought unimaginable hardship to these city makers who thrived on the low paid and unstable jobs provided by their … Continue reading Urban employment guarantee and increased cash transfers to poor: Remedy for emergencies

Lives versus livelihoods? The tea and the pandemic: Invisibilising the workers

By Sanghamitra Acharaya* In the ‘war’ against Covid-19 a lot has been said, about the ‘frontline’ workers. But there are other invisible service providers who need to be discussed. Besides the most invisibilised sanitation workers, the other are tea garden workers. In the hierarchy of access to services and resources, both sanitation workers and the … Continue reading Lives versus livelihoods? The tea and the pandemic: Invisibilising the workers

Enabling productive agriculture for Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Growing challenges

By Prof. Balwant Singh Mehta, Prof. Utpal K. De and Dr. Arjun Kumar* Indian agricultural sector contributors significantly to the country’s economy and meets major portion of domestic and global demand for agricultural products. Though the contribution to GDP has come down from 56.5 per cent in 1950-51 to 34 per cent in 1990-91 and … Continue reading Enabling productive agriculture for Atma Nirbhar Bharat: Growing challenges