Among the most enduring images from India’s national lockdown that began in March were those that captured the plight of the thousands of migrant workers attempting to return to their homes and villages. Those images shone a light on the conditions migrant workers have had to endure on a daily basis that had worsened overnight, illustrating the stark socio-economic divide that has existed in this country. The migrant workers’ existence is fragile and they are not taken seriously, which can result in exploitative work arrangements in cities that end up taking away their voices. This socio-economic divide is not unlike a disease in that there is no single cure that can remedy it. Unlike COVID-19 however, this problem is not a recent one.
- 16 Oct 2020
- Siddharth Jairaj