July 27, 2022
Summary: No matter how much emphasis there is on the rights of internal migrant workers, the evidence shows that exclusions to government schemes and discrimination in employment and service provision persists because they have limited political agency in their destinations of work. On the one side, we see growing resentment and violence against migrants, job reservations for natives by many destination states and the overall decline of collective bargaining among the working class. On the other hand, there is a renewed conversation around the portability of voting rights.
In the last of this three-part Coffee Chat series on migration, we explored the tricky question of political space and citizenship for internal migrants, given that the Constitution of India unequivocally guarantees freedom of movement. The third session will delve into: