Uncertain Journeys

Uncertain Journeys

Edited By

A.S. Panneerselvan

Category

Anthology

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Paperback with flaps

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(Paperback with flaps | ISBN 9789388326711 | 200 pp | Dec 2018)

Summary

The topic of labour migration appears constantly in the media, but too often, the issues take precedence over the people involved—the migrant workers who leave Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to work long hours in precarious situations across the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Here, eleven journalists explore the lived realities of migrant workers from South Asia—their aspirations, fears and dreams; how global forces determine their freedom; how they navigate the policies that attempt to regulate their lives; and their hopes for a better future which carry them through years of unrelenting toil.

Uncertain Journeys asks fundamental questions about the nature and costs of labour migration. Essays about the plight of Indians stranded in Kuwait due to bankrupt employers query whether labour-sending countries can assume that their responsibilities to their citizens abroad end with enabling remittances. The horrifying stories of men and women suffering forced labour, abuse and de facto imprisonment demand whether the blurred borderlines between migration and human trafficking effectively enable modern-day slavery. Most crucially, the book questions whether human beings can be reduced to a mere commodity. Written with empathy, yet with a critical take on the stories being told, this book is an important contribution to the conversation about labour migration in South Asia.


Reviews

‘The essays in Uncertain Journeys: Labour Migration from South Asia document the price people pay to earn a dignified livelihood, as well as the joy and pain of distance employment. They […] help us to understand the labour migrant from South Asia as a human being, and not a mere remittance machine for the family or a precious foreign-exchange earner for the home country.’—From the introduction by A.S. Panneerselvan


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About the author

Aruna Vasudev

Aruna Vasudev is known in the world of cinema as the director of several film festivals, including Cinefan, the first festival in India to showcase Asian films, and the publisher of Cinemaya, the Asian film quarterly. She has directed and produced several short and documentary films.

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Sarayu Srivatsa

Trained as an architect and city planner, Sarayu Srivatsa was the editor of Indian Architect and Builder Review. Her book, Where the Streets Lead (1997), won the JIIA Award. In 2002 she won the Picador-Outlook non-fiction writing award. Her first novel, The Last Pretence, was longlisted for the Man Asian Award in 2008. In 2016 […]

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A.S. Panneerselvan

A.S. Panneerselvan is Executive Director of Panos South Asia and the Readers’ Editor of The Hindu. Apart from being a regular columnist, he is also a journalism teacher and is an adjunct faculty of the prestigious Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. With wide experience in both print and television journalism, he is a board member […]

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