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What the labour report says about India’s youth

Productive utilisation of our immense reservoir of human power can yield rich dividends.

New Delhi, India - Feb. 16, 2018: Candidates apply for jobs at 'Job Fair' organized by Directorate of Employment, Delhi Government at Tyagraj Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, on Friday, February 16, 2018. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 10:00 PM IST

How justifiable is the Maratha claim for quotas?

In key socio-economic indicators, the Marathas are just behind the Brahmins. But their anxieties, in the backdrop of agrarian transformation, must be addressed

Extending quotas to relatively richer and more powerful groups would amount to diluting the already small and shrinking entitlement for communities that are truly disadvantaged and discriminated against.(Bachchan Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:16 AM IST

What perpetuates the rise in violence against women

While we focus on tackling violence against women, we should not believe that women are safe indoors and are at risk outdoors

Do women, in fact, prefer staying indoors? The biggest source of violence against women comes from the circle of acquaintances well known to them, not from strangers. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 07:48 PM IST

How to ensure more women in the workforce

Non-discrimination in the law is a necessary first step to help female job-seekers enter the market without any roadblocks. But employers also need to see the paucity of women as a problem and be willing to implement solutions

Indian women’s labour force participation is more likely shaped by low and declining demand for female labour rather than supply-side constraints keeping women indoors (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 07:50 PM IST
ByAshwini Deshpande, Bhuvana Anand, Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja

Gender norms aren’t a monolith in India

A new survey hints at shades of grey in ideas on gender roles. While darker shades, like the preference for sons, exist, we must take cues from the lighter shades to push for equality

The report presents many data points which reveal that while the path is difficult, we will not be chasing a mirage. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 07:24 PM IST

For the Union Budget, the priorities and challenges

A massive issue, not created by Covid-19 but exacerbated by it, is inequality

Since the last budget, there have been some positive developments, such as the significantly increased vaccination coverage, despite a slow and chaotic start, possibly leading to a less severe Omicron-induced third wave. (PTI)
Published on Jan 24, 2022 08:45 PM IST

India’s women and the workforce

Women are not dropping out. They are being pushed out by the lack of demand for their labour. There has been movement out of agriculture into informal and casual jobs, where the work is sporadic, and often less than 30 days at a stretch. The new modern sector opportunities, especially in high value-added service sectors, mostly accrue to men.

Women’s education has increased over the last two decades, and fertility rates have fallen — both have contributed to increasing participation of women in the paid labour force elsewhere in the world. But not so in India (HTPHOTO)
Updated on Mar 08, 2021 09:34 AM IST
ByAshwini Deshpande
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