Internal Migration in Contemporary India by Deepak K Mishra

By Deepak K Mishra

This quantity addresses the impression of migration on society, highlighting the interlinkages among person and societal aspirations. It interrogates the function of the kingdom and non-state organizations interested by a variety of points of the existence and livelihoods of migrant staff and gives a serious overview of the coverage frameworks and tools affecting migration.

Focusing at the various elements and kinds of inner migration, the ebook stories the exploitation and marginalization of migrants at the foundation of sophistication, caste, faith, gender, ethnicity and nearby position in post-reform India.

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Firstly, Thapan, Singh and Sreekumar in Chapter 3 explore the multiple and complex interactions among identities based on gender, religion and location through the experiences of Muslim women in Delhi. By ‘linking mobility and migration to the idea of agency on the part of the migrant women’, they bring out the layered experiences of women through their ‘difficulties, problems and dilemmas of being a migrant women in a metropolis’. Among the key insights that they bring out from their primary research is the feeling of freedom that the respondent feel when they escape the violence experienced within the domestic sphere as well as outside, such as during the communal riots in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

On the one hand, access to education opens up new opportunities, but the fact that there is hardly any option for obtaining higher education in Ladakh, and the experience of being seen as an ‘outsider’ within and outside the academic space creates certain degree of anxieties among the students. Easily confused with migrants from the North East, Ladakhi youth migrants also face certain problems, bottlenecks and discriminatory attitudes, when they move out to distant cities. These experiences, she argues, make migration for education a ‘contradictory resource’.

Nayak, Nishikant Singh, Rukmini Thapa, Satyam Kumar Yadav and Abha Gupta—whose support was crucial for the completion of the study. I am also grateful to the editorial team at SAGE, New Delhi for their excellent support and help. While no single book might be adequate to understand the complexities associated with internal migration, if this collection could contribute a little in carrying forward the struggle to make migration a more inclusive and less painful experience for the poor and the marginalized, it would be a great satisfaction to me and all those who were involved in this humble effort.

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