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Posts from the ‘Issue 9/Inland Labor Migration in India’ Category

Docu: Pension scheme of migrant adivasi workers in Thane district

By Sushmita & Vijay Ravikumar
The testimonies in this video are by people in the Dahanu taluka who still haven't gotten their pensions. Our readers can imagine the near impossibility of getting pension for those destitute elderly, who aren't backed by an activist organization.

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Political Inclusion of Seasonal Migrant Workers in India: Perceptions, Realities and Challenges

By Amrita Sharma, Santosh Poonia, Milind Babar, Vikas Singh, Preeti Singh & Lalit Kr. Jha
Political inclusion of migrants is a well studied subject in the context of international migration. Discussion on the topic for migrants within the boundaries of the nation-state is, however, rare. What shape does the question of political inclusion take in a country such as India – where people are not able to vote because of their mobility?

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‘Do Bigha Zamin’/‘Two Acres of Land’ and Migration in Indian Cinematography

By Amrit Gangar
Empathy with the plight of workers/peasants, and overt disruption of the rural as a site of purity and refuge while also faithfully narrating the desire for return makes Do Bigha Zamin a pivotal work in the cinema of migration, anticipating what would become a motif in popular Indian cinema: the villager eking out a livelihood in the city. The city, thus, continues to be the predicament of the rural poor.

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Productive Body, Unseen Figure: The Migrant Laborer in Bombay Cinema

By Suvadip Sinha
While India has experienced rapid and, often, unsustainable urban growth during these decades, such urbanization has created a shadow group that remained perennially dispossessed and disenfranchised. Yet, Indian cinema, popular Bollywood cinema in particular, in recent times has largely remained oblivious about them.

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Class, Subalternity, and Ethical Choice in Modern India

By Anupama Mohan
In this brief essay, I want to consider two films in juxtaposition: Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat. Both films have something to teach us about the very nature of representation of the theme of migrancy, the difficulties and challenges that lie at the very heart of presenting in film a concise account of the incredibly complex lives of those who are marked by deracination, dispossession, and devolution, even as the art-form must struggle definitionally with its generic boundaries and spectator-ly expectations of plot, character development, song, and entertainment/edification.

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Women’s Mobility and Migration in Jamia Nagar: An agential approach

By Meenakshi Thapan, Anshu Singh & Nidhitha Sreekumar
Migration to Delhi also involves freedom from violence in the domestic sphere and from communal violence, for example, in Bhagalpur, Bihar. Women who were suffering domestic violence or were abandoned by their husbands had moved to Delhi to obtain education and jobs, overcoming the dependence on their family or the families of their husbands. This is in contrast to the popular belief that Muslim women find it difficult to move out of a marriage.

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‘Roshogullah in a plastic plate’: Bengali migrant workers in Gurgaon

By Prerit Rana
Once you enter the colony, the first thing you would notice is the pervasiveness of signboards in Bengali. But, no need to worry. You would be able to talk to most of the people in Hindi, except those who have recently migrated. A decade back when they started migrating to the villages, dominated by the Yadavs of Haryana, the language used to be the first barrier.

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