[WSMDiscuss] Socially Disadvantaged Groups Hit Hardest by the Lockdown

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sun Jun 14 20:01:51 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! In a country with starksocial divides, it is very much possible that the most disadvantaged sectionsof the society belonging to Dalits, Adivasis (indigenous people) and OtherBackward Castes (OBCs) community would be treated unfairly. The data is out andhave reinforced the fact that socially disadvantaged groups have been hit thehardest by the lockdown. 


It is nothing but caste atrocitythat the socially disadvantaged are being targeted with. Contemporary historyshould record such grave injustices being meted out to the wretched of thisearth- the poor &low caste people in India. Why the lesser human lives donot matter is a question that should keep bothering us, but sadly enough itfails to prick the conscience of this great nation called India. 


‘The Death Walk Song’, on the linksgiven below should shake/wake up the humanity from its deep slumber.   


Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network.


GovernmentHas Created an Archive of Distress, a Museum of Misery For Migrant Workers

The Wire, June 14, 2020 



Though the official narrative says most migrants havereturned home, a new report says otherwise: 67% workers are still stuck, 85%had to pay for ‘free’ travel, and an overwhelming number have not received anyrations.




‘Thedeath-walk song’: This music video is a stark reminder of the migrant crisisunder lockdown



Titled ‘Chavunadappattu’, the song has been written by Anvar Ali andproduced by Collective Phase One, in association with Uru Art Harbour.




A storyof swollen feet: The physical toll of walking home during lockdown

Ipsita Chakravarty, Scroll, June 14, 2020 



The journeys made by migrant workers in the past two months belong in thehistory books.




Covid-19:Data reinforces socially disadvantaged groups most hit by loss of jobs

Anuja Gyan Verma,TheLiveMint, June 11, 2020 



The economic crisisthat has accompanied the covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented. The Centre and thestate governments now face the task of providing employment for migrantworkers, one of the hardest hit section of the population. Experts believe thatthe worst hit by disappearing jobs will the socially weaker sections, especiallypeople belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.




MadhyaPradesh: Of 7.3 lakh back to MP, 60% from SC/ST groups, 24% worked inconstruction

Milind Ghatwai, Indian Express, June 09, 2020 

Madhya Pradesh: Of 7.3 lakh back to MP, 60% from SC/ST groups, 24% worked in construction

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Madhya Pradesh: Of 7.3 lakh back to MP, 60% from SC/ST groups, 24% worke...

Madhya Pradesh has found that nearly one-fourth of the returnees were engaged in the construction sector, and al...




Madhya Pradesh has found that nearly one-fourth of the returnees wereengaged in the construction sector, and almost six out of 10 of them belong toScheduled Tribes (ST) and Scheduled Classes (SC) communities. 




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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