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Human Bondage: Tracing its Roots in India is an in-depth study of bonded labor 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 labor, 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.

Illiteracy
Illiteracy

It was April 8, 1989. The sun had set. I had traversed the winding, sandy tracks of the village Badaunda-Kala in Chidawa Panchayat Samiti in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. The occasion was a visit to one of the Adult Education Centers located in the Harijanwada (SC bastee) at an extreme corner of the village. The Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan ran the Centre. Of the 35 learners at the Centre, 24 were above 20 years of age and 11 were children in the 10-plus age group. Ordinarily the Centre is meant for persons in 15–35 age group. It was natural, therefore, for me to ask why the young boys and girls attended a night school meant for adults. Did they or did they not go ...

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