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Azaad आवाज़

August 2020

The Hidden Implications of Rising Unemployment Across India

In This Issue

Azaadआवाज़ sculpted as a digital media station focuses on issues that debilitate the  “deliberately silenced”, drawing no boundaries and aspires to evolve and voice the needs of those silenced. The main theme focused for this monthly edition is : “The Hidden Implications of Rising Unemployment Across India”. This edition provides an in-depth perspective on the underlying issues and helps us understand the voices of those affected.


Azaad Awaaz is in active collaboration with PAIGAM, an NGO based out of Delhi that is actively involved in bringing social efforts at the local, national and global level.

This edition of PAIGAM-e-AWAAZ looks at the case of unemployment in BIhar, through an interview with Mt. Ranjay Bihari, the founder of the NGO Bihar Mange Rozgar. This NGO aims to bring grassroot level changes in and across the state of Bihar. Ranjay argues that there exists a connotation between the ‘Bihari’ identity with the underdeveloped socio-economic condition of the state, both results of governmental negligence. 


Samvaad as an initiative sprouted from the very idea of engaging in discussion and providing a platform not just to a wide range of scholars but also students and budding academicians in various fields of research.

This month Samvaad conducted discussions with Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, on “The Crumbling of India’s Economy” and Professor Ashwini Deshpande, professor of economics at Ashoka University on “Interpreting the Gendered Impact of Recent Economic Shocks”.

Both conversations were conducted by Professor Deepanshu Mohan.


Awaaz in Focus introduces one to the varied perspectives shared by those who are initiating grassroot level changes in and across different local communities in a region. The people interviewed vary from academic scholars to grassroot level activists and practitioners.

For this month’s edition, we had a conversation with Dr. Sehar Iqbal, a gender and development expert who is the Executive Director of the Sajid Iqbal Foundation based out of Jammu & Kashmir. Dr. Iqbal guides us through the socio economic landscape of J&K one year after the abrogation of Article 370.


Nazariya is a column in the newsletter that will feature stories of oppression as well as emancipation and empowerment from marginalized communities that have not been a part of the mainstream media discourse or popular culture and have somehow gotten lost somewhere in our history.
This month, the column features a look at the two major setbacks the Muslim community in Uttar Pradesh faces; underrepresentation and unemployment.


Samachaar is the segment of the Patrika which highlights news items that are generally overlooked or disregarded, that relate to marginalized or vulnerable groups. These pieces are often ignored or given very little time and attention by the mainstream media. This monthly magazine (Patrika) aims to focus on the marginalized sections whose voices are often muted in the cacophony of flashy mainstream media discourse, and therefore contains such news pieces as well.


Talk Point is the segment of the Patrika wherein individuals are interviewed based upon their perception and understanding of a certain issue. Given that the theme of this monthly edition is “The Hidden Implications of Rising Unemployment Across India.”, students who graduated from different universities were interviewed regarding their education prospects and employment conditions, during the time of the COVID pandemic. 


Vichaar is Azaad Awaaz’s podcast series that aims at engaging with experts and professionals to further the conversation on the marginalisation of communities.

The first Podcast under Vichaar looks at the heterogeneity of the Indian labour market. In a podcast about the Heterogeneities of the Indian Labour market, Ms Sabina Dewan, Founder and Executive Director of JustJobs Network, offers insight on female labour force participation, the relation between technology and gender, and the state of Indian education and skill development programs.

About Azaad Awaaz

Our initiative Azaadआवाज़ aims to tackle an erosion of empathy in our society. This  monthly magazine (Patrika) aims to focus on the marginalized sections whose voices are often muted in the cacophony of flashy mainstream media discourse. When referring to the marginalization, this platform does not aim to restrict itself to the traditional focus on social aggregates like caste and race alone but aspires to include a discussion on class, gender, sexual orientation etc.

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