I will sit here till blood stops flowing in my veins so the children of this country and the world breathe the air of justice and equality.
That’s what Bilkis—an 82-year-old grandmother—said when she sat in protest for days without rest at Shaheen Bagh. She is one of five Indians on Time magazine’s list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People of 2020’. The others: PM Modi, actor Ayushmann Khurana, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Dr Ravindra Gupta—who pioneered a revolutionary cure for AIDS. Only one of them received a highly unflattering write-up. Illustration: Parth Savla
A detailed guide to the new labour laws
The TLDR: The Rajya Sabha passed three labour laws on Wednesday. They each have a significant impact on worker rights—for better or worse. Of course, the laws have been reported in biz newspapers in a manner designed to induce an instant headache. So we did the thankless work of wading through all the biz-speak to figure out what the laws will mean for the rest of us—the jargon-challenged janta.
If you want to skip the entire thing, here’s the gist: The changes are primarily business-friendly as they make it easier to hire and fire workers.
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