Bonded labor: The ugly reality of modern India

Trigger warning: This story contains physical assault, harassment, and suicidal thoughts that readers may find disturbing. “I was barely eight years old when I touched those silk threads for the first time, so it is ironic that I have never owned a silk sari in my life… they were always more expensive than I could afford,” says … More Bonded labor: The ugly reality of modern India

Death of dreams

There is a point in the second half of the recent blockbuster Gully Boy, when the protagonist’s father tells him that his circumstances don’t allow him to dream. I immediately connected it with my conversation with a rescued bonded labourer a few years ago. His vacant eyes had flickered momentarily, outraged by my question. He … More Death of dreams