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Unemployment is a silent political killer and can catch the BJP off guard in polls -Yogendra Yadav

-ThePrint.in Unemployment can become big and yet remain undetected. Its impact can lead to a critical vote swing. Is unemployment going to be the silent political killer in this election? This must be our first question, as we limp back from heightened national security anxiety towards other regular concerns in this first week after the formal announcement of the 17th Lok Sabha elections. Every available evidence points to this possibility. But as...

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Slowing Economy, Rising Joblessness -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in New GDP numbers show the deep agrarian crisis and an economy in doldrums, while unemployment continues to grow. Advance estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the current year 2018-19, and estimates for the third quarter (Sept-Dec 2018) show unmistakeable signs of a slowing economy, despite the flawed method of calculating these estimates. The country’s economy will grow by 7% in the current year which will end this March. Last year...

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It's a great leap backward on the employment front in India's rural areas -Sayantan Bera

-Livemint.com * The Narendra Modi government launched a host of schemes, but most of them have had no visible impact * According to NSSO, Joblessness among rural men in the 15-29 age group tripled to 17.4% in 2017-18, compared to that in 2011-12 Shiv Prasad has a plan—one that he feels can change his destiny. The daily wager from Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region has experienced crushing poverty, trying to provide for his 10-member...

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Sociologist Dipankar Gupta interviewed by Poornima Joshi (The Hindu Business Line)

-The Hindu Business Line Sociologist Dipankar Gupta discusses the dynamics of political mobilisation and the politics of reservation. Excerpts from an interview to Poornima Joshi: * The Indian state’s failure to provide the basics — universal education and healthcare — has never become the rallying point for political mobilisation. Why is that? The more cleavages of class, caste, language, race a society has, the more difficult it is to practise democracy. Democracy works...

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Dr. Himanshu, associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (Scroll.in)

-Scroll.in This is not just about low job creation but also about the worsening quality of jobs, says Himanshu, associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University. On Thursday, a political storm boiled over after Business Standard reported that, between 2017-’18, unemployment numbers in India reached a 45-year high. The newspaper based its report on a survey, conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation, called the Periodic Labour Force Survey that the government had...

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