As part of a brand new weekly focus on Indian labour and society we speak in today’s #DailyOutrage with Artika Ashdhir (twitter: cribbing_tree) who is based in Mumbai.   In recent weeks 23 children died after eating schools meals as well as exampl …

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As part of a brand new weekly focus on Indian labour and society we speak in today’s #DailyOutrage with Artika Ashdhir (twitter: cribbing_tree) who is based in Mumbai.

 

In recent weeks 23 children died after eating schools meals as well as examples of poisoning and malnutrition. Artika explodes some of the myths behind who was to blame for this crisis and lays the blame firmly with the authorities for the lack of training, investment and infrastructure.

School cooks have been demonised and blamed for the crisis and the Government is considering a response which will exacerbate the crisis. Many of the cooks are women, unorganised and lack formal education and are an easy target for the authorities. The cooks have monthly salaries of 1000 rupees a month which is around £10 a month well below any minimum wages.

Protests continue in India as a result of state boundary changes. Andhra Pradesh has been divided to create Telangana has sparked protests for statehood across the country. Demands for separate provinces have as a consequence re-emerged and we discuss the fears of religious and caste violence arising from these changes..

 

 


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