New Delhi, May 9 -- Migrant workers are like nowhere people. Yet, they are everywhere. From high-rises to highways, who builds them? It is a silent army of migrant workers, working day and night with no job security, no social safety net, and poor living conditions - yet, theirs are not the names we see on the billboards or the foundation stones of these shining symbols of India's economic progress. From domestic helps to drivers, from the vegetable seller to the roadside food stall or kirana store owners - their names are not on any payroll or pension plans or tax registers and yet, remove them and life in urban and semi-urban areas would be paralysed. Like now.

Invisible, taken for granted, they are treated with indifference in the best ...