Tapan Sen, General Secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions

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There is a commonly-held view that the current crisis, which has resulted in a massive output contraction and increase in unemployment, is because of Covid-19; and that once the pandemic gets over things will go back to a ‘new normal’. The ruling party has used this situation to intensify privatisation, surveillance, anti-scientism, communal/caste bigotry and undemocratic processes. This is the ‘new normal’ we see around us and it is time for us the people of this country to collectively defy it.

The Myth of the New Normal

We keep hearing the phrase ‘new normal’, used as an empty buzzword that serves to conceal more than it…


AIITEU Delhi unit

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In the month of February 2020, several anti-CAA/NRC protest sites in North-east Delhi were targeted in communal riots orchestrated by Hindutva forces. In this article members of AIITEU Delhi Unit, reflect on the aftermath of the Delhi riots case; where the staunchest defenders of secular values are being accused of masterminding communal violence.

One thing has become clear over the past few months. The open persecution of anti-CAA activists under the garb of investigating February riots incited by BJP leaders, has deprived Delhi Police of any credibility as a politically neutral force in charge of upholding law and order.

The…


AIITEU Member, Hyderabad

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In the past few weeks there has been a lot of talk about the Agricultural Reform Bills. More importantly, farmers across various states have taken to the streets to protest against them on a large scale. In this article we will go through the different ordinances and unravel the malaise that has driven the country to protest.

The BJP government’s recent moves to ‘reform’ the agricultural sector has met with severe resistance from farmers across the country. …


AIITEU Member, Goa

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As a programmer who has been developing apps for Android since 2015, I have some thoughts on its fragmentation problem. If one delves beneath the surface it becomes clear that this problem, like most other problems around us, is caused entirely by Capital.

So what exactly is Android fragmentation?

Android fragmentation is the outcome of profit-oriented device manufacturers — technically called original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) — competing among themselves by customising the stock Android Operating System. They do this by changing the user interface and pre-installing some apps (rightly called ‘bloatware’) to make their devices ‘stand out’ in the market. …


AIITEU Member, Gurgaon

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I’ve been working in my current job for a year. After floundering for a year after college to decide what I would like to do, where my ‘passions’ lay, I decided that my student loans and a need for mobility meant sticking with IT was my best bet — and this is largely why IT has been the ‘it’ field for a decade now — it ostensibly offers the chance to move up the rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.

The “Hustle”

After spending a year not doing anything to add to my employability, the way I got my current job was through…


AIITEU member, Bengaluru

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A standard trope of an engineering college student is one who never attends classes and is confused through their academic and early professional life. While this can be written off as some kind of self- deprecating humor, there’s a larger structural issue underlying it.

I am a dual degree student from a private engineering college finishing my last year of studies. This is my second last semester, where I am doing an internship with a big software development company, and I have been reflecting about the transition from academia to industry.

The Beginning


KC Gopikumar, Convenor, National Coordination Committee of IT and ITeS Employees’ Unions

The growth of the IT & ITeS industry in India has been primarily shaped by global markets. The rampant shifts in technology and the global economy in the last few years combined with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and a failure to develop the domestic market for the technology sector in India is affecting IT and ITeS employees in an unprecedented way.

Instead of creating safeguards for IT employees affected by the current crisis, the government and lobbies representing business interests have resorted to diluting existing labor regulations. …


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Sometimes, it is good to take a step back. To look around, carefully examine what we see, make sense of our surroundings and emerge fresher, wiser, stronger. This issue is an attempt at such an examination.

We have been in a whirlwind of activity since we started publishing Tech People. The pandemic threw up new challenges every day, and we responded. Now that we have learnt to take Covid-19 in our stride, we thought it was a good time to analyse the world we inhabit as IT workers.

In this issue — called Decode — KC Gopikumar writes for us…


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A mass of undersea cables, millions of quietly humming servers and soaring cellular towers keep the world going today. Behind this infrastructure lies the labour of millions of technology and other workers, who conceptualise, design, build and maintain it. What happens when these workers speak out against exploitation and injustice?

In India, we recently saw how much communication technology can influence the polity of a country. Executives in Facebook India were revealed to be collaborating with the BJP before and after it came into power. …


As seen by a telecom employee and AIITEU member

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The Rot Within

Who is responsible for IT employees’ misery today? I work in telecom. I am supposed to work for 8.5 hours a day, but I usually work for 10–12 hours a day. Sometimes, I even work 16 hours a day. There are days where the whole team works non-stop and realises at 4 AM that everyone must get some sleep.

Perhaps we have taken on too many projects. But before we had so many projects, we worked day and night to acquire projects. This is a cycle that never ends. We know that this is not sustainable in the long run…

All India IT and ITeS Employees’ Union

AIITEU is a union for all employees/workers in the technology sector and all technology workers in other sectors.

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