Recent Books Published

1. Chowdhury, Mehdi, Irudaya Rajan, S. (Eds.), South Asian Migration in the Gulf Causes and Consequences, Palgrave Macmillan

This volume explores the reasons behind, and impact of, the migration of South Asian nationals (from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan and Maldives, Afghanistan and Myanmar) in the Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain). The authors provide a broad overview of the demographics of the phenomenon, its mechanisms, and focus on the contribution of migrants in various sectors including construction, health and education, and the overall labour market in the Gulf. The book also taps into the regional geo-politics and its links to the South Asian Migration in the Gulf. This book is recommended reading to all those interested in international migration and labour issues.

2. S. Irudaya Rajan, R. B. Bhagat, Climate Change, Vulnerability and Migration, Routledge India

This book highlights how climate change has affected migration in the Indian subcontinent. Drawing on field research, it argues that extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, cyclones, cloudbursts as well as sea-level rise, desertification and declining crop productivity have shown higher frequency in recent times and have depleted bio-physical diversity and the capacity of the ecosystem to provide food and livelihood security. The volume shows how the socio-economically poor are worst affected in these circumstances and resort to migration to survive.

3. S. Irudaya Rajan, India Migration Report 2017: Forced Migration, Routledge India

The India Migration Report 2017 examines forced migration caused by political conflicts, climate change, disasters (natural and man-made) and development projects. India accounts for large numbers of internally displaced people in the world. Apart from conflicts and disasters, over the years development projects (including urban redevelopment and beautification), often justified as serving the interests of the people and for public good, have caused massive displacements in different parts of the country, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.

4. Udaya S.Mishra, Irudaya Rajan S., India’s Aged: Needs and Vulnerabilities, Orient BlackSwan

India’s Aged: Needs and Vulnerabilities discusses the most vulnerable aspects of elderly life—health and well-being—under the current conditions of economic and societal change. This volume explores (a) whether the nature of living arrangements has a bearing on the health outcomes of the elderly; (b) whether the real or perceived economic dependence and financial vulnerability of the elderly is conditioned by translation of capabilities into functioning; and (c) the implied healthcare costs, which are defined as based on both actual needs and the elderly people’s own perception of their needs.

5. Irudaya Rajan, S., Balagopal, Gayathri (Eds.) Elderly Care in India, Societal and State Responses, Springer, Singapore

This volume highlights a range of issues underpinning elder care in India, with particular focus on the challenges that India faces in caring for the elderly. In addition to the very limited state support and near total dependence on the family for long-term social care and economic support, the changing dynamics between generations in the family structure and privatization of health care in general create new challenges that need to be addressed.

6. Malerba, Franco, Sunil Mani and Pamela Adams (eds). The Rise to Market Leadership, New Leading Firms from Emerging Countries, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, Mass, USA: Edward Elgar.

The book analyses, the country, sector and firm level factors which have enabled a select number of automotive, ICT and pharmaceutical firms from Brazil, China and India to become market leaders in their respective industries. Market leadership is defined in terms of three indicators, namely (i) market shares in both domestic and international markets; (ii) innovative activity; and (iii) global reach of the firm in both cross border transfer of goods and services and in terms of commercial presence abroad.