[WSMDiscuss] Life under Coronavirus Lockdown

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sat Apr 4 16:10:23 CEST 2020


Greetings!Life under coronavirus lockdown has been made unbearable for quite a largenumber of people around the globe. India too faces its own unique set ofproblems. But people who were and are still margninalized in different parts ofthe world face several kinds of discrimination, exclusion and even are beinglabeled as carriers of the coronavirus. 


Howthings would unfold in coming days and months remain uncertain. 


Dopass it on to others in your circle/network. 


Migrant workers and their long march to uncertainty

Omar Rashid, JatinAnand and Ajeet Mahale, The Hindu, April 04, 2020 



Blamedfor leaving their homes in defiance of the lockdown, hungry, and cash-strapped,migrants struggle in packed shelters, while those who managed to reach theirnative places face hostility.




BiharFinally Begins Screening of 1.8 Lakh Migrant Workers for COVID-19

Mohd. Imran Khan,NewsClick.in, April 04, 2020 



On Saturday, the government launched a large-scale screeningtest of close to 1.8 lakh migrant workers, as per official figures. Unofficialfigures doing the rounds say more than 2 lakh migrant workers returned to Biharafter March 22. 




ThePandemic is a Portal

Arundhatie Roy, FinancialTimes, April 03, 2020 



How coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, andthe world, should do next 




Coronavirus: Slovakia to test Roma community

BBC,April 03, 2020 



Slovakiais to begin testing members of the Roma community for coronavirus on Friday.




COVID-19: UN human rights chief “distressed” over plight ofIndia’s internal migrants, welcomes measures to limit impact

OHCHR, Geneva, April 02, 2020 



UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet said today she wasdistressed by the plight of millions of internal migrants affected by thesudden announcement of a lockdown in India. She welcomed subsequent measures toaddress their situation but noted that pervasive challenges remain. 




Roma: Europe’s Neglected CoronavirusVictim 

Stephan Müller,Fikrija Tair, Bashkim Ibishi and Dragan Gracanin, Balkaninsight.com, April 1, 2020



Squeezedinto settlements and cut off from healthcare and sanitation, Roma communitiesare especially vulnerable in the face of COVID-19. Helping them is ineveryone’s interests.




Don’t call us corona. The virus can’t be an excuse to beracist 

AngellicaAribam, Times of India, March 29 2020 



Asthe Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread, reports of racial attacks on Chineseand other South-East Asian people across the world are becoming rampant. InIndia too, there has been a surge in racism against people hailing from thenortheastern region.




Northeastern Citizens Come Under Attack AmidCoronavirus Panic 

India Today, March28, 2020 



People from the Northeastern states of India living inDelhi have alleged that they are being racially targeted and are being labelledas "Corona". 




With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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