Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has visited 49 countries in his 32 foreign trips across six continents, has done nothing to end the tag of slavery from India.
A report by International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Australian rights group Walk Free Foundation has published a report on Sept. 19 and found more than 40 million people across the world were victims of modern day slavery last year.India’s intelligence agency has advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discredit the latest research that says India is home to the highest number of slaves in the world. This report has greatly tarnished the country’s image globally.
In his three years of tenure, Narendra Modi has only repackaged all schemes of the UPA and rebranded them as its own with the implementation of technology.
Modi government has been indulging in “political vendetta” and in the name of searching black money, pursued cases against Opposition leaders, but fails to bring back the black money stashed abroad.Former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had appealed in 2006 to the people to abolish child labour stating that Government will take a firm action against those violating the law. UPA government floated a scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan under which the children who used to work as child labour would now be provided with education.
The slavery documentation by International Labour Organisation has enough potential to substantially harm India’s image abroad and affect exports and adveresely affect its efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 8.7.
Among the sectors known to use slave labor in India were the construction, agriculture, fishing and manufacturing industries as well as domestic help and begging, the report said.
Slavery is most prevalent in countries producing consumer goods through low-cost labour. When it comes to the sheer number of people living in slavery, no country comes close to matching India.In July 2017, Britain Prime Minister Theresa May had told Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seriously address the issue of modern slavery in India since the scourge is a matter of concern.
Brick-kilns are the sites of slavery and human rights abuse in India as well. NSSO data, Anti-Slavery International calculated that there might be 100,000 kilns in India employing 23 million (or 2.3 crore) workers. Slavery means curtailing civil rights and freedom.German Ambassador to India Martin Ney has also pointed out that German government would defend those countries who are struggling to ensure freedom and civil liberties especially media as civil liberties in sectors like textile industries,agriculture, construction are also suppressed.
Instead of taking measures to end the slavery in India, the Indian intelligence bureau has warned that “global documentation on slavery is increasingly targeting India as home to the highest number of slaves in the world,” and called PM Modi for a strong campaign to “discredit” the information.
It would therefore be proper to take measures for ending the slavery in the above mentioned sectors then to criticising the International report.
By: Arti Bali