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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.

Minimum Wage
Minimum wage

Every human being has a basic right to live. In order to live he/she must have the right to earn his/her livelihood. These two rights become meaningful only if there is a right to work and opportunity to receive a suitable remuneration for work.

Every work connotes a structure, a form, some content, and conditions under which it is performed. Every work also connotes certain expectations on part of those who perform the work. These are expectations of a living income, a sense of self-fulfillment, possibility of personal development, opportunity to harness one;s capabilities, and certain basic rights to be exercised at the workplace. These are the right to be treated with dignity and decency, the right to freedom of expression and association, ...

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