[WSMDiscuss] COVID-19 Pandemic- Justice, Rights and Relief to Nowhere People

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Mon May 4 14:01:00 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! It should be the top most priority for anygovernment to take care of its most vulnerable sections who may actually beplaying an important role in the economy and society, but due to their weaksocio-economic conditions they always end up at the receiving margins. It is inthis context justice, rights, constitutionality and an all inclusive approachfor timely relief/welfare measures are needed to avoid further loss of livesand handling of the pandemic situation in a dignified and compassionate manner.


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PM, rename it WHO CARES

AnitaJoshua, The Telegraph, May 04, 2020 



Fund mystery amidmigrant trauma




No relief for the nowhere people

Ravi Srivastava,Opinion, The Hindu, May 04, 2020 



Data from theNational Sample Survey and the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) show thatthese migrant labourers are mainly from rural areas in poor regions and States,and belong to the poorest socio-economic classes. Scheduled Castes andScheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes are over-represented among them.They form the largest section of child, bonded and trafficked labour. Theypredominate in activities that are characterised by three Ds — dirty,dangerous, and difficult — and consistently face a fourth D — discrimination.Nearly 70% of migrants work in urban and peri-urban areas in and around growthcentres in States in the north, west, and south of the country. Industry andemployers are bemoaning, for the first time, the fact that activities in anumber of crucial sectors and industries will not see revival without theseworkers.




Justice and Rights InViral Contexts In India

Kalpana Kannabiran,Essay/The India Forum, May 02, 2020 



There are dimensions of justice, human rights andconstitutionalism that need to guide governments when there is a public healthemergency as with Covid-19. The focus has to be on the right to health, empathyfor the working poor and ethical state practice. 




ForModi Government, Migrant Workers Are Not Citizens

Brinda Karat,Opinion, NDTV, May 03, 2020 




Lockdown stories from the Hindi heartland highlight gapsin public services that need fixing

Vani Viswanathan, Scroll, May 03, 2020 

Lockdown stories from the Hindi heartland highlight gaps in public services that need fixing

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Lockdown stories from the Hindi heartland highlight gaps in public servi...

Vani Viswanathan

Six in ten of survey respondents had not received rations. Many did not seem to be getting cooked food being dis...




Six in ten of survey respondents had not received rations. Many did notseem to be getting cooked food being distributed by government or NGOs.




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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