Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
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The M.A. in Modern Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary programme focusing on cultural, social, political and economic developments in contemporary India. In the study programme, students seek to address a number of fundamental questions that include: What lessons can we glean from history in order to understand contemporary Indian society? How is India’s democracy poised to tackle issues of social and economic inequality? How can the dynamics of economic development in a pluralistic society be understood?
CeMIS as a consortium partner of the The M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) in Delhi proudly announces the launch of the online repository of labour regulations in India. The repository is a product of ICAS:MP's thematic module "Labour as a Political Category", which is headed by Prof. Dr. Ravi Ahuja (CeMIS Göttingen), Prof. Rana Behal (AILH/University of Delhi), and Dr. Aditya Sarkar (University of Warwick).
The rapid expansion of industries and industrial labour in the years leading up to and during the First World War, the upsurge in labour protests in India, the Russian Revolution, the establishment of the ILO and the formation of the first All India Trade Union Congress, provide the immediate context for the shift in colonial state policy. After the First World War, labour became an even more important object of state regulation in India. The present repository of documents aims to track the major changes and shifts regarding labour regulation in India in the 20th century. It presently comprises of the following seven collections that together provide a valuable resource for mapping histories of labour: The Labour Gazette (1921 - 1988), The Labour Law Journal (1949-2005), ILO India, monthly reports, (1929-1969), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) Pamphlets Collection (1928-1990), Royal Commission on Labour in India (1929 - 1931), National Commissions on Labour (1967-2002), and Labour Investigation Committee (1945-1946).