[WSMDiscuss] COVID-19 Pandemic- Three Interviews- Watch and Read

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Thu Apr 23 19:28:33 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! Please click on the link given below to watch aninterview with P Sainath. You could visit People’s Archives of Rural India (PARI’s website) and read about how rural India is facing COVID-19 pandemic.


Additionally you could also read another interview with Dr.Aakash Singh Rathore about an Ambedkarite vision for Post-COVID19 phase. 


And an interview with Ranabir Samaddar, Director ofMahanirban Calcutta Research Group is also available on link mentioned below.


Do pass it on to others in your circle/network. 


“Social distancing in India’s slumsis impossible”




P. Sainath, foremost chronicler on rural India, founder andeditor of the People's archives of rural India, talks to French activist,author and film producer, Frank Barat, about the coronavirus crisis in India,the massive problems faced by India's migrant workers, the rise ofauthoritarianism of the Modi's government and what social distancing reallymeans for India's caste system. 




'Progressivesfrom Left, Gandhian Camp & Reasonable Right Voices Must Join in Post-CovidWorld': Author Aakash Rathore

Padmaja Venkataraman,News18, April 23, 2020 



On the occasion ofWorld Book Day, author Aakash Singh Rathore, talks about what an Ambedkaritevision for a post-pandemic India would look like.




Interview | 'At the Stroke ofMidnight, Migrant Workers Became Aliens in a Double Sense'

Monobina Gupta, The Wire, April 23, 2020 

Interview | 'At the Stroke of Midnight, Migrant Workers Became Aliens in a Double Sense'

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Interview | 'At the Stroke of Midnight, Migrant Workers Became Aliens in...

Ranabir Samaddar, director of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, speaks about the factors behind the migran...




Ranabir Samaddar, director of the Mahanirban CalcuttaResearch Group, speaks about the factors behind the migrants’ desperation toreach home and the dynamics of the visibility and invisibility of migrantlabour.




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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