What forces conspire to keep the workers in the bangle industry of Firozabad in poverty?


Answer – 

Anees Jung correctly identified the two different classes that existed in the town of Firozabad. 

Families trapped in the tradition of creating bangles made up the first group. They had never considered careers outside of those of their ancestors. They were aware of how little money they were making and how challenging it was to make ends meet but still they had been forced to continue this work.

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The second stratum included sahukars, bureaucrats, police officers, and cunning politicians. They coerced the kids of the bangle makers into child labour in the dangerous bangle making industry. Both young and old were caught in this terrible loop. If they spoke out against this continued system, the police would arrest them. 

Thus, they viewed it as a divinely mandated bloodline that could never be broken. They never considered creating a union. They never spoke up to escape the web of poverty and the grasp of the bureaucrats because they had accepted it as their fate.



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Would you agree that promises made to poor children are rarely kept? Why do you think this happens in the incidents narrated in the text?


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