Philip Gain

Philip Gain is researcher and director of Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD). He has been reporting, writing and filming on Modhupur sal forest and its people since 1986.

October 12, 2021
October 12, 2021

Will the tea workers get the wages they deserve?

An unthinkable and deplorable situation has risen out of the rigid position taken by the Minimum Wage Board (MWB) that was formed to fix the minimum wage for the hapless tea workers of Bangladesh.

August 24, 2021
August 24, 2021

Tea workers routinely ignored during the Covid-19 pandemic

Paban Paul, 38, a tea worker of Rampur Tea Garden in Bahubal upazila (Habiganj district), died of Covid-19 on July 6. Rampur Tea Garden is a furi (division) of Rashidpur Tea Estate, owned by Finlay Tea Co. Ltd.

July 2, 2021
July 2, 2021

An autopsy of the tea workers’ bizarre wage structure

The Minimum Wage Board (MWB), formed in October 2019, declared a draft wage structure for tea garden workers through a gazette notice published on June 13, 2021.

February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021

Modhupur forest: The sylvan aroma is gone

Once a pure jungle, Modhupur sal forest is now, for the most part, a motley assortment of vast banana, pineapple and spice orchards.

September 9, 2020
September 9, 2020

Time to pay just wages to tea workers

Ratan Shadhu (56), a tea worker from Doloi Tea Garden in Moulvibazar district, earns a daily cash wage of Tk 102 (USD 1.2).

August 10, 2020
August 10, 2020

The indigenous communities of the plains need urgent social protection

The indigenous communities of the plains of Bangladesh, including those in the tea gardens, are excluded and marginalised for their identity, occupations, casteism, culture, geographical locations, and various other reasons.

May 1, 2020
May 1, 2020

Why are tea workers out of the ambit of labour law?

The tea plantation workers (TPWs) in some 60 tea gardens in Sylhet stopped work for a day or two in the beginning of the countrywide lockdown.

April 16, 2020
April 16, 2020

No one, nowhere, should go hungry or die without care

The coronavirus has affected us all—rich and poor alike. Yet, giving attention and care to communities considered excluded, marginalised and invisible should be a priority for the state and well-to-dos.

March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020

Coronavirus threat: Tea workers’ say no to work

The tea workers of Shamshernagar Tea Garden in Kamalganj upazila, Moulvibazar, took matters into their own hands in defiance of the garden management and stopped work from March 27.

March 8, 2019
March 8, 2019

Among Garo and Khasis, women decide who gets what

Purna Chisik and Satendra Nokrek have four daughters—Francila, Malita, Nomita and Malina—and two sons—Parmel and Sebastin.