ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles by Sujata GothoskarSubscribe to Sujata Gothoskar

Can Maharashtra’s New Government Prioritise Gender Responsive Budgets?

Major gender-related policies in Maharashtra are analysed, and the expectations from the new government in the state regarding provisions for women are outlined.

When the Fence Begins to Eat the Crop

A jan sunwai on the death anniversary of a teenager from a denotified tribe brings forth horrifying cases of institutional brutality and violence against
these communities.

Nursing Labour Markets

Rethinking Unequal Exchange: The Global Integration of Nursing Labour Markets by Valiani Salimah (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), 2012; pp 197 +xviii, $27.95.

"Who Says We Do Not Work?"

Sex workers' organisations have argued against trafficking and see it not only as a human rights violation, but also as a threat to their own work and credibility. Often the debate is couched in terms of anti-trafficking lobbying/campaigns. The debate needs to be framed differently. Equating trafficking with sex work does a great disservice to both sex workers and to anti-trafficking campaigns, and only ends up infantilising women. The most powerful weapon to deny sex work the status of work is that of stigma. Stigmatising sex work has ensured keeping sex workers out of the legitimate political space and sections of the left and the women's movement seem to have acquiesced in that.

Too Little, Too Late

While the union government announced its plan to extend the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to the unorganised working class poor like rickshaw-pullers, ragpickers, mineworkers, sanitation workers, etc, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to scrap RSBY and replace it with the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana. This article analyses the conditions of waste pickers and argues not to pit one type of healthcare against another and not to scrap schemes like the RSBY that have come anyway too late.

Work in Call Centres

Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy by Kiran Mirchandani (New Delhi: Cambridge University Press/Foundation Books), 2013; pp 174, Rs 695.

The Plight of Domestic Workers

Domestic work has increasingly become part of the global division of labour and inextricably integrated within it. While migration for domestic work is an opportunity, in the absence of social protection, it also renders such workers more vulnerable. This essay takes its cue from how the feminist movement has approached the contradictions within domestic work and the various problems that domestic workers face. It throws light on the multiple hierarchies that the domestic worker is confronted with, as also the peculiar problems that the Indian domestic worker confronts. It explores a whole lot of different aspects of the domestic employer-employee relation within the context of the near absence of state intervention and the lack of legal protection. It also delves into the attempts that some trade unions, NGOs and church-affiliated organisations have made to bring protective measures and organise domestic workers to win labour rights.

Women's Work, Stigma, Shelter Homes and the State

The growing number of women trying to run away from state-run shelter homes has led to investigations into the living conditions which have been found to be inhuman. Many women, especially sex workers and those who were working in bars, have been detained for prolonged periods, raising questions about choice, coercion, violence and stigma in women's work.

This Chāy Is Bitter

The global structure of "rewards" in the tea industry is so severely skewed in favour of the multinational retailers and blenders that, after the plantations, processing units and the buying agents get their shares, the tea-picking workers' lot is one of pittance. This article speaks of across-the-board violations of the rights of workers, mostly women tea-pickers, in the tea gardens in India in the age of globalisation.

Potential and Prevalence of Teleworking in Mumbai

This article reports on the first ever base-line survey of the characteristics and nature of telework and the potential for its growth in Mumbai touching upon the methodological issues in conducting such a survey of the prevalence of new technologies in the various sectors.

Teleworking and Gender

The rapid changes taking place in the concept of work and the workplace in the information technology era is already beginning to have complex implications for all sections of the workforce, especially women. This paper attempts to assess the problems arising from these new developments for women in the context of the occupational gender division of labour in Mumbai. Does teleworking afford new opportunities for women or is it yet another means of increasing women's double burden in the guise of hi-tech and relatively better paid employment?


Back to Top