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.
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.
Tapendra Thapa, 16, has been living for six months in a bamboo hut he built himself. There is no electricity; no running water; no toilet. Instead, he is surrounded by the 8 acres of mango trees that he protects, in Ratnagiri’s Roon village. Beyond it are green fields that get pitch dark at night; the only sounds from within his dark, 6 ft x 8 ft home is the shrieking of monkeys.
This is Tapendra’s first stint in the Konkan. He ran away from home when he was in Class 8; worked at a Chinese st...
Every day, Sarita Thapa, a Rakhwaldar employed in Sathavli village, spends all of her waking hours working. The mother of two children from Kailali district starts her day at 4 am, gathering firewood. Then she cooks some rice, lentils and chicken that she packs as tiffin for her husband who works as a sorter and packer, and for her school-going son.
By 8 am, she has washed the utensils and clothes and headed out to the orchard to watch for monkeys. She returns home at 9 pm, to make dinner. Ye...