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

Minimum Wages- Our Fundamental Right

On 11th July 2020, during a national webinar on ‘Entitlement of Minimum Wages- A Fundamental Right’, former Chief Justice Hon’ble P. Sathasivam reiterated that “the states have a constitutional responsibility and employers have statutory responsibilities in the issue of minimum wage”  Non-payment of minimum wages or reluctance on the part of the employer in paying … More Minimum Wages- Our Fundamental Right

Blood in your mouth

If you are a foodie and love Indian street food, here is a simple trivia “What is poked, dipped and served, that is crunched, slurped and munched?” If you answered “Paani Puri”, you are right! ………Good going. Now, let me ask you another question – What are the various flavors in which this dish is … More Blood in your mouth

Bonded Labour: violent exploitive force that prevents society from flourishing

I’m listening to a story of a woman who was recently rescued by police in cooperation with respective district administration from bonded labour. During the medical check-up conducted at the time of rescue, the doctor found out that a baby the woman was carrying in her womb died 48 hours prior the health check. The … More Bonded Labour: violent exploitive force that prevents society from flourishing

India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

By Gajal Gupta* In July 2019, newspapers across India featured a shocking photograph of ‘Kasi’, an elderly man begging at the feet of officials who had come to rescue him and over 40 other adults and children from being allegedly trapped in bonded labour at woodcutting units in Tamil Nadu. Newspapers reported that many of those rescued … More India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

As Much As It Shocks Everybody, The Reality Is That Slavery Still Exists In India

On July 11, India woke up to an unbelievable picture in the Times of India – a picture of 80-year-old Kasi, begging at the feet of officials who came to rescue him and 41 others from bonded labour. Twitterati reacted in disdain, wondering whether bonded labour still existed. Others tweeted with the hashtag #SlaveryExists. As much as it … More As Much As It Shocks Everybody, The Reality Is That Slavery Still Exists In 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