Human Bondage: Tracing Its Roots in India

Human Bondage: Tracing Its Roots in India

By: Lakshmidhar Mishra (author)Hardback

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Human Bondage: Tracing its Roots in India is an in-depth study of bonded labour with special focus on how the system exists in India. The book provides us with a detailed analysis of the historical, social and cultural context in which bondage has developed. The author discusses the socio-economic characteristics that accompany bondage: caste, illiteracy, landlessness and land tenure issues, alienation of land, lack of skills, poor employment and wage conditions, indebtedness, migration, and globalization. Extreme forms of bondage, including child labour, trafficking in women and children, and social forms like devadasis and yoginis have also been covered. The book explores important factors like the legal framework, policy interventions, solutions and the role of the various stakeholders-media, government, trade unions and NGOs-in tackling this issue. The book is essentially about human freedom and dignity-the quintessence of human existence-and the forces that rob them, the dispossessed victims, consequences of dispossession, and ways and means of restoration.

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About Author

Lakshmidhar Mishra is currently Special Rapporteur with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He holds a doctorate in Educational Planning from the Intercultural Open University, Netherlands. He has held important positions in both state (1964-78) and central government (1979-2000) and took voluntary retirement on 30th September, 2000, when he was Union Labour Secretary in order to join the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of UN, in a senior position. He is a prolific writer and has over 300 articles and 15 books to his credit. These cover a wide range of subjects-labor welfare to rural development, health and education, mobilization and organization of the poor and deprived for social justice, etc. Many of his articles have been published in journals of national and international repute. As a socio-legal investigating commissioner of the Supreme Court, Dr Mishra submitted three voluminous and valuable reports on the plight and predicament of workers in brick kilns and stone quarries. A condensed version of the work he did for the apex court has since been published as Burden of Bondage in May, 1997. For his outstanding contribution to public service and, in particular, in the field of adult literacy and education, Dr Mishra has received a number of awards such as National Unity Award, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Award, Dr Malcolm S. Adiseshiah Award, Sramik Bandhu Award, Saheed Dhoom Das award, etc. Dr Mishra has carried out the following studies and investigations in his capacity as Special Rapporteur with the NHRC, which are of great interest and relevance for the poor, deprived and disadvantaged sections of humanity: 1. A study on poverty, hunger, starvation and malnutrition and malnutrition-related deaths of tribal children in 15 tribal districts of Maharashtra. 2. Investigation into the affairs of stone quarries and prevailing debt bondage in the stone quarries of Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. 3. Investigation into admission and continuance of children in the jails of UP and incarceration therein. So far-from 2006 to 2010-he has submitted over 100 reports to the Commission on issues such as bonded labor, child labor, migration, trafficking, mental health and custodial justice and reforms. Scholarship tinged with clear perception, deep insight, empathy, sensitivity and commitment with which the studies and investigations have been conducted and reports submitted make all his publications interesting and relevant to the poor, deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society.

Contents

Foreword Justice Shri M N Venkatachaliah I: AN OVERVIEW Historical Perspective Concept and Definition Unemployment, Underemployment, and Income Insecurity Poverty, Population Explosion, Hunger, and Malnutrition Minimum Wage Migration Caste Hierarchy II: ISSUES Land Tenurial System Tribal Land Alienation Illiteracy Child Labour and Trafficking Devdashis and Yoginis Credit and Indebtedness Globalisation, State, and Market III: POLICY INITIATIVES Constitutional and Legal Provisions National Policy and Implementation of the Programme at the State Level International Instruments and Initiatives Public Interest Litigation and Judicial Activism Role of Voluntary Organizations Role of Trade Unions of Workers and Employer's Organizations Role of Media and Communication Agencies In Retrospect and Prospect Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/05/2011
  • ISBN13: 9788132105602
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 512
  • ID: 9788132105602
  • weight: 898
  • ISBN10: 8132105605

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