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Precarity That Encircles Society


In the column, From the Editor’s Desk (EPW, 17 June 2023), an argument was made that the communal mobilisation of particularly the younger segment of Indian population has been on the rise, which corresponds to the rise in unemployment and joblessness in India. It was further observed that any communal mobilisation is basically precarious on the grounds that it seeks to instrumentalise the sphere of moral values, thus reducing human beings to the level of an object to be manipulated by a party with material resources. Thus, lending oneself to such mobilisation also leads to the loss of self-respect, on account of forcing oneself to participate in one’s objectification through manipulation by political leaders.

Among other things, unemployment continues to provide grounds for communal and hence parochial mobilisation of those who are unemployed and also those who, through their media propaganda, seek to deflate the people’s attention away from the precarity caused by unemployment. Precarity, which manifests through anxiety-ridden existential conditions, among other things, results from job insecurity, involuntary unemployment or unstable employment. The lack of secured employment or decent jobs has the function to lend oneself to do odd kinds of jobs that necessarily push the people on the edge of a precarious existence.

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Updated On : 8th Jul, 2023
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