2018 BA (Hons), History, Stanford University, California, USA
States: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra
Cities: Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai
Languages: English, Hindi
Raghav Mehrotra holds a Bachelor’s in History from Stanford University where he used oral histories to trace the ideas of ‘home’ for witnesses of India’s Partition. At IIHS, Raghav studies women’s participation in the platform economy. His interest in labour stems from three years of work at the nonprofit Aajeevika Bureau, where he researched themes of informality, seasonal migration, occupational safety and value chains across rural and urban Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Having worked closely with Kaamgar Sahayata Samiti, a manufacturing workers’ collective, he is interested in how solidarities and fissures emerge within worker platforms in the informal economy, especially during strikes and other worker-employer conflicts. In the future, he hopes to pursue these interests through legal research into wage theft and occupational accidents across emerging forms of work.