The Indian dexterity with hand skills is unique in an industrial agewhy not exploit it?
Despite public perception, the Union textiles ministry, recently handed to Smriti Irani’s care, is hardly a comedown. It’s true that human resource development (HRD), her earlier portfolio, dictates India’s future, but textiles are a major part of our present. They encompass the lives of the largest number of people after agriculture, including some of the most marginalized and exploited: handloom weavers of course, but also mill and power-loom workers, and the labour in our garment sweatshops—often daily wagers, therefore totally unprotected by either unions or social security.
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