Kolkata, India. Informal Workers.
Kolkata, India. Informal Workers
Known as "the informal sector", factually this term refers to the part of the economy that is not regulated by law or contract. According to the UN, the number of “informal” workers account for about two-fifths of the economically active population of the developing world. The global informal working class now constitutes more than a billion people and is the fastest growing social class. As the sociologist Mike Davis' In Planet of the Slums" points out, it is an unprecedented phenomenon on earth. Unsurprisingly, in India, in cities like Jaipur and Kolkata, more than half of the workforce is made up of informal workers. Barefoot men, "horses", pulling rickshaws on the streets of Kolkata, food vendors, cobblers, garbage collectors, workers in micro crumbling factories, clothes washers and smoothers constitute the informal working class. The eighteenth century trend of rights exploitation keeps on expanding. Men, women, and most often, children are both invisible and at the same time constantly exposed on the streets of the metropolis to harassment and violence. It can confidently be named the underground economy that often represents the true engine of so many desperate "economic miracles" in Asia.