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Migration Policy and Politics in India

India Migrations Reader edited by S Irudaya Rajan, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2017; pp x + 188, 695.

The India Migrations Reader, edited by S Irudaya Rajan, provides a basic conceptual precursor to later works, like Climate Change, Vulnerability and Migration (Rajan and Bhagat 2018) and the forced migration theme of the most recent India Migration Report (IMR) 2017 (Rajan 2018). The two later works aptly contextualise the latest issues of intersections between environmental vulnerability and forced migration, along with issues of entrenched social identities. On the other hand, the India Migrations Reader is based on a compilation of insights from the first five India Migrations Reader series published between 2010 and 2014. Therefore, it provides a complete and essential policy background for researchers who have started exploring the contours of migration and its existing policy framework in India.

When read in conjunction with critical current developments in the Indian migration patterns, the book essentially helps formulate answers to two important sets of questions. These questions revolve around “rights” and give a sense of contesting the logistical and mechanistic construction of migration, as is often done by policy. First, despite basic advancements, why does the Indian migration policy framework continue to remain at a rather incipient stage in terms of covering the vulnerabilities faced by migrant labour? Second, what are the interlinkages between India’s structural political economy of capital and the movement of internal migrant labour, and how does this relationship have an impact on the loopholes that can be exploited in the current legal policy framework of migration?

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Updated On : 18th Jul, 2018

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