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Choosing Begging over Paid Labour

“I used to work in a factory…”
Beggars are usually ignored on the streets and questions are asked about why they do not work. Many have indeed worked as paid labour and then each for her own reasons has chosen begging as the primary activity. A report and analysis from the field.

What Should We Do About the Indian Economy?

A Wide-Angled Perspective
In the absence of structural reforms for transformative growth, a rural-led growth strategy is the only option for economic revival at this point of time. Growth may be slower but it will be sustained. Supply-side measures like corporate cuts will not help.

Understanding India's Jobs Challenge

Unemployment today is at an all-time high but that is not the only challenge in jobs: more and more workers are withdrawing from the labour force, the wages of casual workers are below a reasonable minimum, and regular workers are largely without a contract.

Sexual Violence 2012-2018 and #MeToo

A Touchstone for the Present
Sexual violence and harassment seem to have secured a central focus for women’s issues. What structural aspects of women’s oppression are obscured by this centrality of violence? What fresh insights does it nevertheless offer?

The Employment Question in India

Politics, Economics, and the Way Forward
The jobs question is begging for answers from the polity. Here an agenda for dealing with urban unemployment, in particular. A key element could be investment in universal basic services. It is all doable provided we are not prisoners of fiscal orthodoxy.
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