The Help

Will India’s Domestic Workers Demand What They Deserve?

India’s upper- and middle-class homes (mine included) are kept running by the efforts of domestic workers.

On the days these workers do not show up for some reason, our lives come to a screeching halt. We seem to spend the entire day in the kitchen—and when we emerge, it is only to wash clothes or sweep the floors. There are no dishwashers and very few vacuum cleaners in India. Although most of my friends have washing machines to do the laundry, I don’t know a single soul who has a...

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About the Author

Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.