Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Caste Architecture of India’s Temple-building Industry

By: Jibitesh Sahoo and Priyanka Jain India’s temple-building industry is now proven as a major Silicosis hot-spot. The latest figures reported by the Sirohi Health department (in Jan 2019) reveal that over 1400 of its workers have been certified with Silicosis, a … Continue reading

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ये जंगल क्या वापस नहीं आ सकते? और वो लोग?

By: Amrita Sharma, Centre for Migration and Labour Solutions, Aajeevika Bureau   ये जंगल क्या वापस नहीं आ सकते? नहीं ! और वो लोग वो भी तो वापस नहीं आ सकते   बाबा के दोनों बच्चे उदयपुर में एडमिट हैं उन्हें सांस की बिमारी हुई है पत्थर गढ़ाई का काम करते-करते आठ-आठ घंटे पत्थर का पाउडर गया है फेफड़ों में आजकल मशीन से गढ़ाई में  पाउडर भी तो उड़ता है जो बिमारी 20 साल में होती वो 1 से 1.5 साल में हो रही है कैसे बचते सभी साथियों की तरह वह भी बीमार हैं कोई अस्पताल तक पहुंचा, कोई घर पर खाट पर है पिछले पांच सालों से ऑपेरशन के बाद डाकटर ने सीने में पाइप लगा दी ताकि वो सांस ले सकें सैकड़ों दवाइयों की जो बोतलें हैं बच्चों के खेलने का सामान बनी या उनको शो-पीस की तरह एककोने में लटका दिया आदिवासी घरों में में शो-पीस….सैकड़ों ड्रिप की बोतलें   दो औरतें घिस रही हैं पत्थर आठ घंटे रोज़…खरर… खरर… खरर “दो दिन लगते हैं एक पत्थर को चमकाने में” कहती हैं और वो पत्थर लगेंगे मंदिरों में, चमकते पत्थर खरर… खरर… खरर … खरर “कमाने के लिए काम करना हीं पड़ता है…और फिर यहां और कोई  रोज़गार कहाँ, पत्थर गढ़ाई केसिवा” वह कहती हैं .   दामी खड़ी है काले कपड़ों में पंचायत आफिस के बाहर कुछ कागज़ हाथों में दबोचे “पति के इलाज का कोई परचा है, अस्पताल में दाखिल किया हो तब का, जिसमें लिखा हो कि उनकोक्या बिमारी थी…नहीं तो Xray भी चलेगा” … Continue reading

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Charter of Demands by the Bandhkaam Mazoor Vikas Sangathan and Aajeevika Bureau for improving the work and living conditions of migrant women in Ahmedabad’s construction sector

The Bandhkaam Mazdoor Vikas Sangathan, a registered trade union of migrant construction workers in Ahmedabad, and Aajeevika Bureau, issued the following Charter of Demands to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Labour and Employment Department- Government of Gujarat and Gujarat Building … Continue reading

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The Smiling Man is Gone

by Priyanka Jain, Aajeevika Bureau I met 30-year old Durgaram and his children in May 2016. It was obvious that he was in acute pain and had become immobile given the advanced stage of Silicosis that his affected lungs had … Continue reading

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Mazdoori aur Makaan: How access to housing finance is helping optimize migration choices

By Anjani Gupta and Rupal Kulkarni, Shram Sarathi The lack of access to finance to complete construction of a house often prompts migrant families to make sub-optimal work choices (Read here: Unfinished Houses, Unfulfilled Lives). But what does happen when … Continue reading

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