From a Management Information System (MIS) to a Janata Information System (JIS): Suggestions for a People-centric Pro-active Information Disclosure Mechanism

The following are notes from a workshop on 'Mandatory Disclosures and building a Janata Information System' organised by Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS) on 21st and 22nd April, 2017 at Population Foundation of India (PFI), New Delhi. Nikhil Dey of MKSS explained the idea behind a group of people from several organisations in Rajasthan coming … Continue reading From a Management Information System (MIS) to a Janata Information System (JIS): Suggestions for a People-centric Pro-active Information Disclosure Mechanism

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Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)

The International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s Report on Comprehensive Employment in India (1972) was the first time the term 'informal sector' was used. Initially migrant rural workers in urban areas who were the poor urban workers were referred to as those in the informal sector. In India, they have also been termed 'unregistered', 'unorganised' and 'unrecorded'. … Continue reading Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)

Labour, Employment and Social Protection in India (Part 1)

Labour and Employment Issues From a labour perspective, the population is divided into 'Labour Force' and 'Out of Labour Force'. The Out of Labour Force population consists of students, domestic workers and pensioners while the Labour Force consists of workers and the unemployed. Workers in turn are divided into three by 'activity status': Activity Status, … Continue reading Labour, Employment and Social Protection in India (Part 1)

Does Demonitization Tackle Black Money?: Notes from a Public Meeting

The following is a summary of proceedings of a public meeting organised by the Centre for Financial Accountability and the Public Finance Accountability Collective at Constitution Club, New Delhi on November 18th, 2016. 1) Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi According to Prof. Patnaik, … Continue reading Does Demonitization Tackle Black Money?: Notes from a Public Meeting

Writing Past Gender Biases: A Workshop by HacksHackers India, The Ladies Finger and Sheroes India

HacksHackers is group of hacks (journalists) and hackers (techies) who help each other out with what they know. This workshop is part of their initiative called #GenderXNews which aims to look at media reportage from a gender lens and also problems with our own reportage. It was facilitated by Nisha Susan and Gaurav Jain of … Continue reading Writing Past Gender Biases: A Workshop by HacksHackers India, The Ladies Finger and Sheroes India

The Wild and the Unschooled Children: A Critique of Civilisation, Education and Careers

The following piece is a summary of a discussion organised by the Department of Political Science in Delhi University on July 21st, 2016. Two speakers were Dr. Layla AbdelRahim and Gangadin Lohar. Dr. Layla AbdelRahim is an anthropologist whose critique of civilisation and education in her two books 'Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams: Civilization and … Continue reading The Wild and the Unschooled Children: A Critique of Civilisation, Education and Careers

Why workers resist ‘Make in India’? The struggle in Maruti, Honda, Bellsonica factories in Gurgaon-Manesar

This post documents the discussion which took place at the Department of Political Science in Delhi University on April 27th, 2016 plus some of my own inputs. The speakers were: Ajit and Rajpal, Bellsonica Auto Component India Employees Union Shiv and Dilip, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Kamgar Union Shyambir, Inqalabi Mazdoor Kendra. Nayan, Krantikari Naujawan … Continue reading Why workers resist ‘Make in India’? The struggle in Maruti, Honda, Bellsonica factories in Gurgaon-Manesar