The report last week that Guy Ryder, the taciturn Director General (DG) of the even more taciturn International Labour Organisation (ILO), had expressed ‘deep concern’ over the ‘dilution’ of labour laws by some Indian states is damaging. But what is an international shocker, is that the DG has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to send a ‘clear message’ to some of India’s state governments and to the central government itself to uphold India’s international commitments and its labour laws.