Research Radio
Research Radio
Jun 1, 2020
#9: How Have Waste Pickers in Pune Responded to Rising Privatisation and Dispossession
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Who owns waste? How does waste become valuable? Rohini Sahni and V Kalyan Shankar will answer these complex questions based on ethnographic research they conducted in Pune between 2013 and 2016. They will also tell us what led people to choose waste-picking as a profession, and why these workers later collectivised for better working conditions.

The insights they will share are based on their article published in EPW on 8 December 2019 titled “Waste Pickers and the ‘Right to Waste’ in an Indian City" (bit.ly/3cO3Zti). 

Audio courtesy: Night Owl by Broke For Free [CC BY 3.0]

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