[WSMDiscuss] Pathetic Condition of Migrant Workers in India

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sat May 16 19:51:11 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! As thereported cases of coronavirus surge in India bypassing China, the inhuman andpathetic conditions under which the migrant workers are forced to walk/coverlong distances and bearing the brunt in the form of deaths and injury due toroad accident has emerged as another sad story from different states. Thecallous attitude of the government and its agencies is further aggravating thealready vicious situation. 


On the links givenbelow you could read and even watch video about the harrowing tales of migrantworkers. BBCCorrespondent Salman Ravi gave his shoe to a migrant worker out of sheerempathy. Hats off to him for this remarkable humanitarian gesture! 


Do pass it on toothers in your circle/network. 


Courtingdeath and injury, scores of migrants killed in accidents on way home

Press Trust of India (PTI), May 16, 2020 



The death count of migrants from road accidents is rising inexorably witheach day of the coronavirus lockdown.




'TheyHave Given Up': Desperate Workers in Tamil Nadu Attempt the Long Journey Home

Nalini Ravichandran, The Wire, May 16, 2020 



"No one hashelped us till now and I don't think anyone is coming to our rescue anytimesoon," said a 30-year-old Sameer Kumar, a construction labourer.




"Pathetic...Cannot Control Tears": Madras High Court On Migrant Crisis

J Sam Daniel Stalin, NDTV, May 16, 2020 



The Madras High Court has given the centre and Tamil Nadugovernment till May 22 to respond to several searching questions about itshandling of the crisis. 




India migrants: 'We will die - we are poor people'

Salman Ravi, BBC, May 15, 2020 



Tens of thousands ofmigrants in India have been fleeing cities on foot, trying to return to theirvillages. Many workers who form the backbone of city economies feared theywould starve in the coronavirus lockdown. The BBC's Salman Ravi spoke to peopleon the outskirts of Delhi about the hardships they are enduring as they attemptto walk home to Madhya Pradesh, hundreds of kilometres away. 




InjuredChild On Make-Shift Stretcher, Migrant Family's 1300-km Walk Home

NDTV, May 15, 2020 

Injured Child On Make-Shift Stretcher, Migrant Family's 1300-km Walk Home

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Injured Child On Make-Shift Stretcher, Migrant Family's 1300-km Walk Home

Alok Pandey

An extended family of seventeen walks on the searing road, carrying a seriously injured boy on a make-shift stre...




Coronavirus: The visual narrates one of numerous heartbreaking stories ofmigrants travelling home to escape starvation.




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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