View: Silence over labour reforms during state elections signals a deeper shift

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Services today account for close to 60% of our GDP, while manufacturing, typically the catchment area for trade unions, is about 18-19%.

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In a scenario where access to oxygen cylinders, medicines, hospital beds is near impossible, none of the usual issues — GDP guesstimates, spiralling inflation, plunging index of industrial production, the schizophrenic stock market — have any meaning. Not when stacked against the life and death issues confronting us. But in my hunt to find a positive development in all this glom, there is one: the mind-shift on labour reform.

By any reckoning, this is the worst of times. Sitting in a highrise, next to two large hospitals in the National Capital Region, the silence of the curfew broken only by the incessant wail of sirens as ambulances go racing past, the desperate shortage of ambulances on the ground seems almost dystopian. Except, it’s frighteningly real.

In a scenario where access to oxygen cylinders, medicines, hospital beds is near impossible, none of the usual

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