My work is anchored in the intersections between migration, gender, informal work and urban governance. Currently: PhD Candidate at University of Cambridge, UK on Gates Cambridge Trust Scholarship.
I have co-authored a chapter on the work and living conditions of Odia migrant workers in India's textile capital, Surat City. The chapter is titled 'From Fibre to Fabric: Everyday Confrontations with Disaster, Danger & Death by Odia Loom Workers in Surat City' (p.79).
An excerpt from our chapter 'From Fibre to Fabric: Everyday Confrontations with Disaster, Danger and Death by Odia Loom Workers in Surat City' published in the sixth edition of the India Exclusion Report 2020.
The COVID-19 lockdown has reportedly led to a surge in child marriages across India. In this article (republished from my blogpost), I draw from experiences of past global climate disasters to understand why it's important to treat the cause, and not just the symptom of this invisible pandemic.
The COVID-19 lockdown has reportedly led to a surge in child marriages across India. In this blog post, I draw from experiences of past global climate disasters to understand why it's important to treat the cause, and not just the symptom of this invisible pandemic.
COVID-19 crisis risks reversing gains made against child marriage in India; legal revisions alone aren't solution
The Ministry of Women and Child Development is currently considering to raise the legal age at marriage for females from 18 to 21 years. While the move is being publicly lauded as "progressive" and "empowering", there's much more to it than what meets the eye. Particularly, as India continues to see a spike in child marriage cases during the pandemic. I spoke to child rights activists, advocates and frontline workers to dig deeper.
Co-author. This report by Aajeevika Bureau examines the causes, nature and extent of migrant workers’ exclusion from urban services, and provides policy recommendations to remedy the same. The study was conducted during the pre-COVID 19 period in two major Indian cities: Ahmedabad and Surat.
Nearly 10,000 Adivasi labourers from Rajasthan's Udaipur district, migrate to work around the world in the food-processing & catering industry. The job brings with it dangers of bondage, accidents & death. Years after, few are breaking the silence.
Apart from the uphill task of adjusting to a resettlement colony located several kilometres away from their former homes, women from infrastructure project-affected families in Mumbai bear the risk of losing their jobs and sources of income. I explore their everyday struggles.
Hoping to build a better life, generations of men have been migrating from Vagad region in Rajasthan to Mumbai to work in the booming tea business. In this story, I explore the politics of caste, identity and labour that brew a glass of cutting chai.
For one hour everyday, the deafening khat-khat sound of the loom machines is replaced with thumping electro beats; the packed powerloom unit gives way to a large open studio; and, rhythm and style take over.
I write about loom workers in India's polyester capital Surat, who have taken to B-boying and Hip-hop, to survive the subhuman conditions in the looms.
For six months every year, nearly 70,000 labour migrants from Nepal travel to the Konkan in Maharashtra to work as Rakhwaldars. As guards of the precious Alphonso mangoes, they are made to live in trees, clock-in 14 hours of work and paid little.