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Book Review: Working Lives in the Shadows of the Global City -Aparna Sundar

-TheWire.in Supriya RoyChowdhury's 'City of Shadows' is a compelling study of the lives of the poor in a rapidly globalising Bengaluru. The long caravans of workers leaving the cities for their villages during the national lockdown in 2020 made visible the large proportion of urban workers whose homes are in the villages. Combined with the farmers’ protests, they brought attention to the crisis in agriculture and the failure of agrarian livelihoods that...

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As Migrant Workers return to work, domestic remittances rise -Surabhi

-The Hindu Business Line The trend signals normalisation of economic activities to pre-Covid levels With economic activities reverting to normal on most fronts, domestic remittances by Migrant Workers, too, has touched pre-Covid level and in fact is even higher, according to payment players. “Things have got back to normal, we see a lot of activity in the market. People have gone back to jobs and continue to send money. That market continues to...

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Pressed in Steel: A Tale of Migrant Factory Workers in NCR’s Wazirpur and Badli Areas -Deepanshu Mohan, Jignesh Mistry, Apremeya Sudarshan and Tavleen Kaur

-TheWire.in Promises made are hardly kept and the responsibility to maintain basic public amenities such as toilets, sewage and clean water facilities falls on the slum-dwellers themselves. This article comes from a study undertaken as part of a Centre for New Economic Studies (CNES) Visual Storyboard Initiative. The three-part photo essay on this storyboard can be accessed through the following links (Part I; Part II; Part III) and all video essays uploaded...

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Women comprise nearly half of informal sector workers, data from new national portal shows -Zia Haq

-Hindustan Times Workers who have registered so far belong to diverse occupations, such as construction, apparel manufacturing, fishing, gig and platform work, street vending as well as domestic work. Nearly half of 40 million workers of the country’s informal economy registered on a recently launched national portal are women, and most workers regardless of gender are from disadvantaged castes, official data that shines new light on India’s invisible unorganised labour force shows. Trends...

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Targetted killings of minorities and non-locals spark migrant flight from J&K

-PTI/ The Hindu Selective killings have triggered a fear psychosis among the workers Thousands of Migrant Workers fleeing Kashmir along with their families queued up outside ticket counters of railway stations and bus stops in Jammu on Tuesday as targeted killing of minorities and non-locals by terrorists triggered an exodus from the Valley. The security in and around the railway stations and bus stands in Jammu and Udhampur has been beefed up as...

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