Migrant workers distrust a state that does not take them into account -Partha Mukhopadhyay and Mukta Naik

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published Published on Mar 31, 2020   modified Modified on Apr 7, 2020

-The Indian Express

Invisible, largely, in the Census and in national sample surveys — and consequently to administrators — field studies have consistently claimed short-term labour mobility in India was significant.

Of the many, many countries that COVID has now locked down, India stands, or rather, walks, alone. Bereft of transport, by road or rail, people are walking home, to nearby districts, and to far-off destinations several hundred kilometres away, the mother carrying belongings on her head, the father carrying the child on his shoulder. It is an image of despair, but also immense power — a vivid reminder of individual agency to the powers that believed they would passively accept being locked down.

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The Indian Express, 31 March, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/coronavirus-lockdown-covid-19-deaths-cases-mass-exodus-migrant-workers-6339152/?BHGDF%20https://twitter.com/explore

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