In India’s Capital, Fewer Jobs, More Unemployed Workers

Harola (Delhi): As the midday May sun blazed overhead, and the temperature rose to 42 deg C, several construction workers stood or sat on the pavement where they gathered every day, waiting to be pick...

2.5 Years After Demonetisation, Pune Workers’ Earnings Still Down

Pune: Arjun Kale, 50, a daily wage labourer in Pune, refused to vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “It makes no difference to us who is in power. All governments have ignored the needs of us labo...

Jobs Data Reveal Highest Urban Unemployment, But More Formal Jobs

New Delhi: The latest jobs data released by the government--amidst much controversy and debate--showed a 45-year high in general unemployment, but these data have also revealed a rise in formal employ...

Demonetisation And The End of Ashok Kumar’s Golden Days

Yamunanagar: Ashok Kumar remembered his achhe din (golden days) clearly: As a Class-10 dropout, he had a secure job that paid him Rs 15,000 per month to haul plywood between factories in a town called...

In Punjab’s Labour Hubs, Workers Plead For Jobs At 1/3rd Wages

Bathinda: Stress had put deep wrinkles on Balkara Singh’s forehead though he was just 32 years old. The daily wage worker, dressed in a faded blue sweater and jeans, has come to the Gol Diggi labour...

In India’s IT Capital, Only The Lucky Get 10 Days Of Work

Bengaluru: Kurubarahalli is a congested corner of India's technology capital, packed with narrow roads, alleys, heavy traffic, shops and darshinis, as small self-service eateries are called here. The ...

When Rural Jobs Disappear, Women Are The First To Lose Out

Mumbai and Nashik: When Kamal Gangrude looks across at the fields beside her home on the valley floor, she sees swathes of farmland which this year will not be weeded, ploughed or planted. Sold to dev...

100 Million Jobs Created: BJP Minister. Data Show Job Losses

Bengaluru: As the first phase of polling of the 17th Lok Sabha elections got under way on April 11, 2019, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan claimed the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governmen...

Why Masses Of Jobless Youth May Reduce The BJP In UP

Lucknow: As Ram Baran’s phone rang loudly, the ringtone went like this: “Ram lala hum ayengey, mandir wahi banayenge. Beloved Ram we will come, build the temple there.” It was a reference to the...

How West Bengal Is About To Lose Its Demographic Opportunity

Kolkata: The son of farmers for whom farming was no longer viable, Tapan Das left home 20 years ago. Today he is 42, illiterate, earns about Rs 4,000 a month working on construction sites--Rs 3,000 if...