Barkha Dutt has been on the road for 74 days and counting. Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Mumbai… - Paran Balakrishnan

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published Published on Jun 3, 2020   modified Modified on Jun 4, 2020

-The Telegraph

For me, the migrant worker crisis has become a much bigger crisis than Coronavirus, says Emmy nominated newscaster

Barkha Dutt’s been living dangerously during the last 74 days. She’s leapt into trucks crammed with scores of migrant labourers hitching a lift back to their villages. She’s jumped onto a train about to pull out of Bangalore station and talked to migrant workers returning to Uttar Pradesh. She’s struggled into a PPE outfit and visited the mortuary of a Covid-19 hospital in Indore.

For the Emmy-nominated newscaster it’s been a reporting Odyssey on an epic scale that’s taken her 14,000km criss-crossing through eight states over 74 days. Dutt says she knew she had to be on the road with the migrants to bring their stark suffering home to Indians. “There was no way I was going to understand the magnitude of what’s happening unless I got out and I told the story from out there.”

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The Telegraph, 3 June, 2020,

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