In my previous post, I talked about the effects of the ongoing economic recession on the Indian diamond industry in
Diamond workers are committing suicide:
Forty year old Kalpesh Jadav was a diamond polisher. For the last nine years, he has been working in the diamond industry. Now, with Rs. 5000 income, Kalpesh and his wife, Pushba, 38 are dreaming to have their first child. Kalpesh has been saving money for some time for his unborn child. Unfortunately, the economic recession destroyed his dream. Kalpesh used to work in Sanghavi Diamonds, one of the biggest diamond firms in
The diamond city of
Want to sell your kidneys?
Thirty five year old Udaji Thakore lives in Aseda village in Deesa Taluka. He is a diamond factory worker and had no works in hand. Desperate for money, Udaji wanted to sell his kidneys. Luckily, he was forcefully stopped from making such a big mistake. Udaji is one of the 2,50,000 helpless diamond factory workers of the Banaskantha district in
Tough election for the Bharatiya Janata Party:
Not ready to give up yet:
Not every diamond industry workers have become so frustrated. Many workers went to their villages and turned to farming. Many other diamond industry workers like Ajay Kulkarni are still determined to survive the recession. Twenty eight year old Ajay Kulkarni has been working in the diamond industry for the last twelve years. A father of two daughters, Kulkarni lost his job six months ago. Kulkarni and his wife sold all the jewelries and used those money as downpayments to obtain a rickshaw. Despite serious competition, Ajay Kulkarni said that he had been making the same amount of money he used to make as a diamond worker but he took a big loan with 24% interest rate which worries him. Still, Kulkarni is determined to survive in the tough market.
Financial support for the children of the diamond workers:
So far, the diamond traders gave major financial support to their workers. On March 17, 2009, The Surat Diamond Association (SDA) and Ahmedabad Diamond Association (ADA), two major diamond trading associations, donated Rs. 10 million as educational assistance for a total of 16,494 school children of jobless diamond workers who are studying in 140 schools in
The worst thing is, the state government of
(This entry was originally published in April 2009 and it is based on the context of that time. Unfortunately, due to technical reasons, it got deleted and against it is posted now here for the readers.)