Opinion on extended nationwide lockdown varies on caste, religious lines -Sobhana K Nair
While the view about the Narendra Modi government’s culpability differs, the anger against the Nitish Kumar government on lack of employment opportunities is all pervasive
Purnia/ Kishanganj: Seven months on after lakhs of migrant workers returned to their homes, many on foot, following the announcement of sudden and extended nationwide lockdown, the narrative on the ground in Bihar is divided over religious and caste lines.
There are no official figures on how many people migrate for work out of Bihar each year. As per reports, 25-30 lakh migrant workers returned home during the lockdown.
The anger against the Nitish Kumar government on lack of employment opportunities leaving no option but to migrate is all pervasive. The voter is clear in this election that ‘bijli-paani-sadak’ (electricity-water-road) is not the only parameter of development.
But, depending on where you are standing and who you are speaking to, the view about the Narendra Modi government’s culpability changes.
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The Hindu, 30 October, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/elections/bihar-assembly/opinion-on-extended-nationwide-lockdown-varies-on-caste-religious-lines-in-bihar/article32970934.ece?homepage=true&fbclid=IwAR1_IDBXPDrxyif2ntSvFBxI53XM63LtsrP4aKLkYlJcxfU5dxsB