COVID-19 Migrants: Future of Work and Production

| May 22, 2020 | Leave a Comment

Item Link: Access the Resource

Media Type: Article - Recent

Author(s): Sunita Narain

Newspaper: Down to Earth

Categories: ,

Events are moving so fast in our world. It was just two weeks ago that I wrote how the economic collapse because of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had made the invisible, visible. I wrote about the images of migrant labourers that haunt us, who made their way from villages to cities for jobs and are now walking back home because of job loss — often dying and collapsing with hunger.

Since then, the migrant crisis has made its way into our homes; into our living rooms; and, into our consciousness like never before. We have seen them; we have felt their pain; and, we have wept when we heard how tired migrants sleeping on train tracks were crushed to death by an incoming train. More and more of such cases have come to light — we are all traumatised. I know.

But it is also important to note that their pain has not gone unnoticed — the government has started trains to bring migrants back home; it has done this knowing there is danger that the contagion might spread to villages. But it knows that there is also anguish to go home. It had to respond. I can say that as yet, all these efforts, including the move to provide free food to the returning people, is still too little — much more needs to be done to take them home with dignity and to provide them with wherewithal to survive in the coming months…

Continue reading

The views and opinions expressed through the MAHB Website are those of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect an official position of the MAHB. The MAHB aims to share a range of perspectives and welcomes the discussions that they prompt.