In Kashmir, no migrants to reap rice harvest
• Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir

In Kashmir, no migrants to reap rice harvest

It's been a tough paddy harvest in Central Kashmir. Skilled migrant workers, who charge less than local labourers, were driven out by the lockdowns, and farmers here are thinking of giving up on the crop

October 29, 2020 | Muzamil Bhat

The down but not out dhakis of the Durga Puja

The traditional drummers of rural Bengal are having a hard time in Kolkata this season

October 26, 2020 | Ritayan Mukherjee

Maa Durga marching as migrant labourer
• Nadia and Kolkata, West Bengal

Maa Durga marching as migrant labourer

A Durga Puja pandal in Behala, Kolkata, has the goddess in a unique avatar

October 26, 2020 | Ritayan Mukherjee

Burying 1,100 bodies and loads of prejudice

With a lot of stigma and hostility disrupting several Covid-19 funerals, in Tamil Nadu a voluntary group has helped hundreds of families conduct the rites regardless of religion or caste

October 22, 2020 | Kavitha Muralidharan

One nation, no ration card
• Darbhanga, Bihar

One nation, no ration card

Rukhsana Khatoon, a domestic worker in Delhi, has tried for years to get a ration card in her husband's village in Bihar – and is now desperate for it with her family in a downward spiral due to the lockdown

October 20, 2020 | Sanskriti Talwar

Lockdown lays waste to Kalu Das's scrap work
• South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

Lockdown lays waste to Kalu Das's scrap work

Some weeks ago, Kalu Das – who travels from his village to Kolkata to collect items for recycling – resumed his rounds. But business is bleak, profits are tiny, his wife has lost her job, and the family is struggling

October 7, 2020 | Puja Bhattacharjee

Rocking the boat in Srinagar’s Dal Lake
• Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Rocking the boat in Srinagar’s Dal Lake

For the Dal Lake economy, the Covid-19 lockdown during tourist season came right after last year's Article 370 shutdown, and it has left shikarawalas, houseboat owners and shopkeepers with heavy losses and no work

October 3, 2020 | Adil Rashid

No stitch in time for Bengaluru tailors
• Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal

No stitch in time for Bengaluru tailors

With no income in the lockdown, Abdul Sattar and other embroiderers in Bengaluru were desperate to return to their West Bengal village. Now, with no work in the village, Sattar is desperate to come back to the city

September 30, 2020 | Smitha Tumuluru

Ashok Taare: denied leave, departs permanently

Despite Covid-19 symptoms, Ashok Taare, a sanitation worker in Mumbai, was forced to work without safety gear or leave. His family ran around for help, and months after his death on May 30, await compensation

September 29, 2020 | Jyoti Shinoli

'To repair a watch is like mending time itself'

Watch menders at Visakhapatnam's Jagdamba Junction have seen work vanish due to digital timepieces and use-and-discard parts. And now, after lockdown curbs, they are trying to make up for lost time

September 24, 2020 | Amrutha Kosuru

UP Covid-19 survivors test positive for stigma

In UP, Covid-19 survivors, including returning migrants, struggle with costly treatment, dirty quarantine centres, social stigma, even religious discrimination. Many long to go back to their host towns

September 1, 2020 | Jigyasa Mishra

‘We don’t have a home to stay at home’

For this group of nomadic pastoralist Dhangar families in Maharashtra, the lockdown brought a drop in sales of sheep, restricted access to village grounds, and depleted rations – but they have tried to move on

 August 28, 2020 | Shraddha Agarwal

Vizag potters: idols of clay, immersion in debt

The artisans in this AP city usually earn the most during the festival season – starting with Ganesh Chaturthi today. But they have not received a single bulk order for Ganesh idols and other products so far this year

August 22, 2020 | Amrutha Kosuru

Mumbai's homeless: 'Our masks floated away'

Meena and her family, living on a pavement, are among the city’s many homeless persons, with bare incomes and little access to healthcare or state schemes – and now struggling with the monsoon and the pandemic

August 21, 2020 | Aakanksha

Lockdown hits Kolkata children’s hospital

Hamstrung by lockdown logistics, with just 40 per cent staff reporting due to the social stigma affecting healthcare workers, and despite financial problems, the Institute of Child Health soldiers on

 August 18, 2020 | Ritayan Mukherjee

A melting pot of lockdown losses
• West Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi

A melting pot of lockdown losses

The Ganpati festival starting this week, then Durga Puja and Diwali, were peak seasons for potters in Delhi's Uttam Nagar. Now, they are looking at a period of poor sales, as are potters in Kachchh and West Bengal

August 17, 2020 | Srishti Verma

ASHAs: labouring through the lockdown

In Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district, ASHA workers have been working overtime to monitor the spread of Covid-19 despite poor safety gear and delayed payments – along with their usual load as frontline health workers

August 13, 2020 | Ira Deulgaonkar

‘We didn’t bleed him enough’

A major problem in this Covid crisis is not about how soon we can return to normal. For hundreds of millions of poor Indians, the ‘normal’ was the problem. And the new normal is often the old normal on steroids

August 10, 2020 | P. Sainath 

Coping with a deadly virus – a social one, too

The home-hospital-quarantine-home journeys of Covid-19 patients are not always the same for people from different communities. PARI traces the stories of of two families in Maharashtra's Marathwada region

August 8, 2020 | Parth M.N.

‘If we don’t work, who'll produce the harvest?'

With kharif cultivation of paddy underway, labourers are back in the fields of Dhamtari in Chhattisgarh. They know about Covid-19 precautions, but say they can't afford to not work

August 8, 2020 | Purusottam Thakur

Labourers’ lives: migrating feet, settled grief

So who is that migrant – the person the media discovered on March 25? An agonisingly perceptive look at that question through the prism of a childhood and lived experience in Mumbai

July 27, 2020 | Jyoti Shinoli
'What should my family do?'
• Palghar, Maharashtra

'What should my family do?'

In the Adivasi cluster of Boranda village, Vanita Bhoir and her family, who migrate to work in the brick kilns of Maharashtra, have run out of work options, food and money – and are running low on hope too

July 21, 2020 | Mamata Pared 

In Palghar: ‘two less stomachs to feed’

The lockdown saw demand for labour shrink for the Katkaris, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group, in Maharashtra’s Palghar district. That may have pushed Mangal Wagh to kill her own daughter and herself

July 20, 2020 | Parth M.N.

Seeing ‘the world through touch’ in a pandemic

Vimal and Naresh Thackeray, both visually impaired, used to sell handkerchiefs on Mumbai’s local trains. The lockdown left them, and many others, with no income, little government support and great uncertainty

July 10, 2020 | Jyoti Shinoli

Sitting idol in locked-down Kumartuli

Business has come to a standstill in Kumartuli, Kolkata’s historic potters’ colony, with almost no demand for Maa Durga idols and other statues. Artisans, vendors and labourers are looking at a season of huge losses

July 09, 2020 | Ritayan Mukherjee 

With rhyme and reason – rap song for migrants

In Kalahandi district, Duleshwar Tandi – ‘Rapper Dule Rocker’ – a tuition teacher, construction worker and occasional migrant, expresses anguish through this song at the plight of migrants in the lockdown

July 04, 2020 | Purusottam Thakur
Locked down AP farmers going bananas
• Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

Locked down AP farmers going bananas

Banana farmers in Anantapur district were expecting a good price after a robust rabi harvest this year. Instead, some bad weather and then the lockdown have left them with huge losses and debt

July 01, 2020 | G. Ram Mohan

Schoolkids: digital divide to digital partition

What does the rush to ‘online education’ look like on the ground in a poor Adivasi area like Talasari in Maharashtra’s Palghar district? PARI explores how that further spurs already serious inequalities

June 29, 2020 | Parth M.N.

Songs of love for the migrant away from home

Muktabai Ubhe of Khadakwadi hamlet in Mulshi taluka, Pune, sings nine ovi about a wife’s love and longing for her husband, who has gone away in search of work

June 26, 2020 | Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team

Memories of pox, plague, and pandemics in TN

From Tamil writer Cho Dharman, an invaluable oral history of how villages over centuries engaged with viruses, plagues and epidemics – relating that to the current Covid-19 pandemic and life under lockdown

June 25, 2020 | Aparna Karthikeyan

Lockdown has hit UP women hard – literally

The lockdown has seen a rise in domestic violence in a country where it was anyway endemic. PARI listens to women at the receiving end in Mahoba, Lucknow and Chitrakoot districts of Uttar Pradesh

June 23, 2020 | Jigyasa Mishra
Lockdown forces Eeswar to climb trees again
• Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Lockdown forces Eeswar to climb trees again

With only 10-15 days of sales this year due to the lockdown, and fewer customers buying ice apples, vendors in Visakhapatnam have lost out on a chunk of their income from selling the popular summer fruit

June 22, 2020 | Amrutha Kosuru

Karnataka silk route: cocoon farmers in crisis

At Asia’s largest cocoon market in Ramanagara, Karnataka, a lockdown-driven steep fall in prices and disruption of the demand-supply chain has badly hit weavers, reelers and, particularly, silkworm farmers

June 21, 2020 | Tamanna Naseer

Under the over in a time of cyclone and corona

Despite Cyclone Amphan, no income due to the lockdown and Covid fears, Sarita Sardar preferred to evade hostile cops and poor shelter facilities, and returned to her home under Kolkata’s Gariahat flyover

June 18, 2020 | Puja Bhattacharjee

Dealing with dissonance, restoring harmony

Several hereditary harmonium repairmen – now a very rare occupation – from Jabalpur, MP, were trapped in Renapur, Maharashtra, for over two months due to the lockdown. They tell PARI how they coped

June 15, 2020 | Ira Deulgaonkar

Feet of clay: Chhattisgarh's potters, locked down

In Dhamtari town, potters missed their peak summer sales season due the lockdown, when making and selling pots became difficult. Despite markets now opening in Chhattisgarh, they are facing an uncertain year.

June 15, 2020 | Purusottam Thakur

I am a labourer, not a liability

The mass exodus of millions of migrant labourers following the March 25 lockdown continues to fire the imagination of poets and painters. This poem rebukes our many hypocrisies in dealing with workers

June 15, 2020 | Anjum Ismail
Off guard: Nepal migrants in locked down AP
• West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

Off guard: Nepal migrants in locked down AP

With no income during the lockdown, Suresh Bahadur, a security guard in AP's Bhimavaram town, struggled with depleting supplies, sickness and uncertainty about returning home – across the border, to Nepal

June 11, 2020 | Riya Behl

Another brick in Telangana's lockdown wall

Kuni Tamalia and other kiln workers in Telangana’s Sangareddy district continued their arduous work in the lockdown. But with kids to care for and Covid fears, they were anxious to board a Shramik Special for Odisha

June 11, 2020 | Varsha Bhargavi

The migrant and the moral economy of the elite

The lockdown has revealed the brutality of India's chronic disregard for the rights of migrant labourers – millions who don't need our passing concern, but full justice, says this article, first published in India Today

June 8, 2020 | P. Sainath

'Stay and do nothing or go back to do nothing?'

A day after migrant construction workers Amoda and Rajesh reached their new workplace in Bengaluru, the lockdown began – leaving them with no wages and nowhere to go. A PARI report by high school students

Asba Zainab Shareef and Sidh Kavedia  

June 8, 2020 | Asba Zainab Shareef and Sidh Kavedia

Cash crops, Covid and the cost of unsold cotton

Huge quantities of cash crops lie unsold across India – like cotton in Maharashtra. A hunger crisis looms, yet farmers in Vidarbha a plan to sow cotton, not food crops, once again this kharif season

June 5, 2020 | Jaideep Hardikar

No fireworks, but alcohol adds fuel to the virus

Like many Arunthathiyar women in TN’s Virudhunagar, Devi Kankaraj works at a fireworks factory in Sivakasi. The lockdown left her with no income, depleting rations, piling debt and an alcoholic husband

June 04, 2020 | S. Senthalir
When the water chased people like a mad bull
• South 24 Paraganas, West Bengal

When the water chased people like a mad bull

In the Sundarbans in West Bengal, Cyclone Amphan came atop the Covid-19 lockdown. PARI visited the region and found widespread destruction of trees, houses and utilities – and of people’s already-frayed livelihoods

June 03, 2020 | Ritayan Mukherjee
Iron in the migrants’ soul
• Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Iron in the migrants’ soul

The tragedy of the 16 migrant labourers run over by a train near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, on May 8, still haunts us. This moving poem and compelling painting remind us of that dreadful incident

May 31, 2020 | Gokul G. K.

Rising dust, itchy skin, sweat-soaked masks

How do you adhere to distancing norms if you are labourers at a procurement centre – like these men in Telangana’s Nalgonda district – who need close teamwork to handle 213 kilograms of paddy a minute?

May 30, 2020 | Harinath Rao Nagulavancha

'These women won't let anyone go hungry'
• Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

'These women won't let anyone go hungry'

In lockdown time, Kerala’s 400-plus ‘Kudumbashree Hotels’, give cheap but wholesome meals to people low on income – students, medical attendants, security guards, drivers of ambulances and many others

May 28, 2020 | Gokul G. K.

Homeward bound through the centre of India

Many of the millions who’ve hit the highways under the lockdown are going to thousands of villages in northern and eastern states. A huge number of them pass through the city of Nagpur, centre of India

May 27, 2020 | Sudarshan Sakharkar

Who will carry the palanquins of the rich now?

Several state governments have suspended labour laws and extended working hours, and the situation of migrant labourers has worsened. An interview with PARI's Founder Editor P. Sainath, from the Firstpost

May 27, 2020 | Parth M.N.

'We went from a handful to nothing’
• Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

'We went from a handful to nothing’

Migrant workers in Jammu, like the Chandra family from Chhattisgarh, were left with no work when the lockdown began. They got by with rations given by nearby buildings, and are now slowly finding work again

MAY 26, 2020 | Rounak Bhat

Amphan meets lockdown in struggling Kolkata

The cyclonic storm that savaged West Bengal on May 20 left Kolkata struggling to clear up – because the labourers needed to do that had mostly left the city for their villages long ago due to the lockdown

MAY 25, 2020 | The PARI Team 

Hit with cancer, Covid-19 and without shelter

Geeta and Satendar Singh came to Mumbai from Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district for Geeta’s cancer treatment. Living on the footpath near Tata Memorial Hospital, both have tested positive for Covid-19

May 25, 2020 | Aakanksha

The photographer writes – for better or verse

When the lockdown enhances the suffering of human beings you’ve grown up knowing and caring about for decades, says this photographer, it forces you to express yourself in poetry, beyond the lens

May 24, 2020 | Purusottam Thakur 

Panvel to MP: Four days and nights on a scooter

Countless migrants have tried to reach home during the lockdown using any transport they could. One family journeyed 1,200 kilometres from Panvel in Maharashtra to Reva district in MP on a two-wheeler

May 23, 2020 | Parth M.N.

Lockdown leads to makeshift market in Tehatta

People in ‘hotspots’ have adapted to lockdown-driven closures of the bazaars they depend on. In West Bengal’s Nadia district, vendors have created a temporary market selling vegetables and other fresh produce

May 22, 2020 | Soumyabrata Roy

‘We don’t fear coronavirus or the heat now’

When their wages stopped and then food ran out, workers from Gaya, Bihar, employed in restaurants in Varanasi, made their slow way home – while others from the district remain stranded in faraway Tamil Nadu

May 22, 2020 | Rituparna Palit

'What's the use of this ration card?'

When even their paltry income stopped due to the Covid-19 lockdown, and their BPL ration cards were rejected at PDS outlets, April was the cruelest month for Gayabai Chavan and others in Pune

May 19, 2020 | Jitendra Maid

You can’t lockdown this mother of all smiles

In those huge lines of migrants walking determinedly along the Mumbai-Nashik highway in Maharashtra, the image of this extraordinary mother sparked the imagination of the artist

May 18, 2020 | Labani Jangi

The long march of the locked-down migrants

This haunting song by Aadesh Ravi, Hyderabad-based composer, lyric writer and singer, is surely one of the most powerful cries that’s emerged about the lockdown-driven migrations across India

May 16, 2020 | Aadesh Ravi

Ironed out of an income in Vada this lockdown

For families in Vada town of Palghar district who make a living by ironing clothes, the Covid-19 lockdown has reduced daily incomes to a trickle. Many are struggling to procure rations and seeking other work

May 15, 2020 | Shraddha Agarwal

Jamlo's last journey along a locked-down road

A 12-year-old Adivasi girl from Chhattisgarh, working in the chilli fields of Telangana, died on April 18 after walking for three days with other labourers desperately trying to return home. PARI visits her village

May 14, 2020 | Purusottam Thakur and Kamlesh Painkra

Locked down in Telangana — a basket case

The Covid-19 lockdown has halted the basket trade in Telangana’s Kangal village. For now, basket makers of the Yerukuka ST community are relying on some agricultural work, and rice from the PDS and relief packages

May 13, 2020 | Harinath Rao Nagulavancha

Locked-down schoolgirls: no basic needs, period

With schools shut, girls from poor families in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district have lost access to free sanitary napkins and are turning to risky options. In UP alone, the numbers of such girls runs to millions

May 12, 2020 | Jigyasa Mishra

Old lady and nephew on lockdown highway

The scenes of migrant labourers walking hundreds of kilometres from their workplaces to reach their homes, continue to haunt us. One image, though, gave this artist a sense of hope and humanity

May 11, 2020 | Labani Jangi

Locked-down with blood on the tracks
• Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Locked-down with blood on the tracks

The 16 labourers – 8 of them Gond Adivasis – run over by a goods train on May 8 near Aurangabad district in Maharashtra were all in their 20s and 30s, and from Umaria and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh

May 10, 2020 | Pratishtha Pandya

Seeking lockdown relief in Rachenahalli

Work has stopped for the migrant daily wage-earners of a slum colony in north Bengaluru, savings have run out, food is scarce – but they still have rent to pay, children to feed, and hunger that has to be quelled

May 9, 2020 | Sweta Daga

MP weavers hanging by a Chanderi thread
• Ashoknagar, Madhya Pradesh

MP weavers hanging by a Chanderi thread

The Covid-19 lockdown has brought the centuries-old Chanderi fabric trade in MP's Chanderi town to a standstill. Many weavers like Suresh Koli are in a fix due to no demand, unpaid dues and depleting resources

May 7, 2020 | Mohit M. Rao

The migrant march of red ants under lockdown

How long can one watch hungry migrant labourers stranded half-way from their villages when there is Chinese-Thai dinner waiting to be prepared at home? A poem that tears into indifference and inequality

May 6, 2020 | Pratishtha Pandya

MFI loans: fear and loathing in lockdown times

The poor have seen earnings plummet with Covid-19 and the lockdown. But no matter how high the distress, micro finance institutions in Marathwada continue to harass their helpless clients for loan instalments

May 4, 2020 | Parth M.N

In lockdown, this is no country for old men

A repairman, a weaver and a ropemaker – a Muslim, an Adivasi, and a Dalit, highly-skilled craftsmen – in Belagavi, Karnataka and Kolhapur, Maharashtra. All of them elderly and without work under the lockdown

May 4, 2020 | Sanket Jain

Locked-down on Labour Day: no work, no pay

A new documentary film in which the migrant labourers who make up most of the workforce on Bengaluru’s metro rail project explain their situation in Covid-19 lockdown time 

May 1, 2020 | Yashashwini & Ekta

Dola Ram’s long and locked-down road home

Construction worker Dola Ram lost his son just after he reached his village in Rajasthan – with poor medical attention in lockdown time. Now, like other migrant labourers, he is grappling with debt and uncertainty

April 30, 2020 | Drishti Agarwal and Preema Dhurve

Kachchh camel herders: lockdown last straw?

What happens if you are nomadic pastoralists with huge herds of animals far away from home when the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced? The Fakirani Jats of Gujarat’s Kachchh district tell their story

April 28, 2020 | Ritayan Mukherjee

Locked into the kilns, brick by brick

Thousands of migrant workers from Odisha are stranded at Telangana's brick kilns – exploitative worksites made more difficult with the lockdown – and are running out of rations and desperate to return home

April 27, 2020 | Varsha Bhargavi 

AP fishermen: between lockdown and deep sea
• Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

AP fishermen: between lockdown and deep sea

Fishermen in Visakhapatnam make their best profits in the two weeks before the annual April 15-June 14 ban on fishing during the breeding season. This year, that crucial period has come during the lockdown

April 26, 2020 | Amrutha Kosuru

Vanavil: rainbow in the storms of lockdown life

A small school in Nagapattinam has become the centre of nutrition for over 1,000 poor families in the Adivasi hamlets of that Tamil Nadu district. And its efforts are not restricted to just students

April 23, 2020 | Kavitha Muralidharan

Vidarbha’s pastoralists paying a pandemic price

The Nanda Gaolis and other dairy farmers in eastern Maharashtra are facing losses from the drop in demand for milk and broken supply chains, besides grappling with animal health problems and fodder shortages

April 22, 2020 | Jaideep Hardikar & Chetana Borkar

‘Even the boats must be missing their men’

The Covid-19 lockdown has battered the livelihoods of the Nishad boatmen of Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh. Many in the community, like Sushma Devi, a pregnant mother and widow, don’t even have ration cards

April 20, 2020 | Jigyasa Mishra

ASHAs: fighting a pandemic with no protection

ASHA workers in Haryana’s Sonipat district have been pushed to the frontlines of the fight against Covid-19 in a later-than-last-minute attempt to control a pandemic – with no safety gear and very little training

April 18, 2020 | Pallavi Prasad

Walking 104 kilometres without a break

Brick-kiln workers in Thane and Palghar, most of them Adivasi agricultural labourers, have been forced by the Covid-19 lockdown to return home with barely any income until the arrival of monsoon

April 17, 2020 | Jyoti Shinoli

Washing their hands of hope in Citizen Nagar

The Covid-19 lockdown has come as the proverbial last straw on the backs of the already suffering community of Ahmedabad’s Citizen Nagar colony, heightening hunger and sharpening existing health risks

April 16, 2020 |  Pratishtha Pandya
Bags on their heads, fear in their hearts
• Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Bags on their heads, fear in their hearts

The Covid-19 lockdown-driven distress migrations have touched poets and artists alike. Here's a response

April 16, 2020 | Gokul G. K.

Wilting mahua, wasted baskets, silent haats

The Covid-19 lockdown has shredded the fragile economy of the Kamars, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group in Chhattisgarh, who depend on a trickle of income from weaving baskets and selling mahua flowers

April 15, 2020 |  Purusottam Thakur

Lockdown burden on little shoulders in Latur

With their parents out of work or at reduced wages, school students from distressed families in Marathwada's Latur are having to sell vegetables on the streets despite the risky Covid-19 lockdown scenario

April 12, 2020 | Ira Deulgaonkar

'Now the melons are on the verge of rotting'

The Covid-19 lockdown has left watermelon farmers in Tamil Nadu’s Chengalpattu district in a fix. With few buyers and transporters, many are being forced to let their fruit rot or accept terribly low prices

April 11, 2020 | Sibi Arasu 

'Some are eating only one meal a day now'

The Covid-19 lockdown has left many daily wage workers in Bengaluru without an income or fall-back options

April 10, 2020 | Sweta Daga

Watermelon farmers: left with no juice

Even before the Covid-19 crisis, watermelon cultivation in Telangana was risky, with high inputs and falling rates – and now, with the lockdown, farmers, labourers and traders are facing a bleak season

April 9, 2020 | Harinath Rao Nagulavancha

Barbers in lockdown: a hair’s breadth from ruin

In Latur district of Marathwada, the lockdown has severely hit barbers – they rely entirely on daily earnings, and for them the idea of physical distancing from their clients is unthinkable

April 8, 2020 | Ira Deulgaonkar 

Hunger on the table, city under lockdown

The promise of free rations does not assure food on the table during the Covid-19 lockdown for domestic workers and municipal staff, many of them migrants, living in Pune's Kothrud neighbourhood

April 8 , 2020 | Jitendra Maid

Locking down craft: handmade, hung out to dry

Craftspeople all over the country have been hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown. PARI speaks to weavers, dyers, toymakers and village artists from north, south, east, west and central India to gauge the fallout

April 7, 2020 | Priti David

The lady and the lamp – a poem for April 5

The nine-minute lights-off, lamps-on event of April 5 impacted different people in diverse ways. This was how one poet in Ahmedabad responded to it…

April 6, 2020 | Pratishtha Pandya 

AP cops elevate Covid-19 messaging to art form 

In Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, police rope in a mythological sorcerer in the battle against the coronavirus

April 6, 2020 | Rahul M.
Sundarbans: Mousani eats better in lockdown
• South 24 Paraganas, West Bengal

Sundarbans: Mousani eats better in lockdown

A small, remote island in the Sundarbans, West Bengal, which has endured many disasters, is relying on its own resources to make it through the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown

April 5, 2020 | Abhijit Chakraborty

In Tamil Nadu: playing Parai on lockdown, live!

Parai artists Manimaran and Magizhini are tapping into social media to continue performing under lockdown, and spreading awareness about Covid-19 through talks and recorded videos

April 4, 2020 | Kavitha Muralidharan

Anantapur lockdown diary: March 19-April 3

Corona consciousness is growing very slowly in the city and district of Anantapur in the Rayalaseema region

April 3, 2020 | Rahul M.

Ladakhis stuck in Covid-19 test limbo in Iran

As many as 254 Indian pilgrims from Ladakh, most of them elderly, have been stranded for over a month in the city of Qom in Iran, sparking tension at home

April 2, 2020 | Stanzin Saldon

And miles to go before they sleep – or eat

The Covid-19 lockdown has left migrant Adivasi brick kiln workers in Maharashtra's Palghar district with little money and food – and an ultimatum from their village to return, where only uncertainty awaits them

April 1, 2020 | Mamata Pared

Pardhis in lockdown – begging the question

Some Phanse Pardhi Adivasis in rural Maharashtra, especially older ones in their late 70s, depend on begging to be able to eat at all. What happens now, when they cannot enter the villages that feed them?

April 1, 2020 | Jyoti Shinoli  

Where country roads don’t take you home

With the COVID-19 driven lockdown, Chenakonda Balasami and other pastoralists in Telangana, on the road for months, are finding it difficult to access food and new grazing grounds – or return to their villages

March 31, 2020 | Harinath Rao Nagulavancha

Still cutting cane amidst corona and curfew

For the lakhs of labourers hired by the sugar factories of western Maharashtra, social distancing is a distant dream. Many in Sangli district are still chopping cane in unhygienic conditions despite the fear of Covid-19

March 30, 2020 | Parth M.N.

Locked down with cancer on Mumbai footpaths

With their money running out and little food and water available, cancer patients living on footpaths near the Tata Memorial Hospital are caught in the lockdown, with no way home

March 30, 2020 | Aakanksha

Corona refugees on a 538-kilometre journey

Some reporters in rural Chhattisgarh are trying hard to cover people migrating in distress

March 30, 2020 | Purusottam Thakur

In Chhattisgarh: barricades as social distancing

Across parts of the Bastar region, people are setting up barricades denying entry to ‘outsiders’ – and restricting the access of even migrants returning to their own villages

March 30, 2020 | Purusottam Thakur

Sanitation workers – the wages of ingratitude

Sanitation workers in Chennai are walking long distances to work during the lockdown, or journeying on garbage lorries. Taking leave for a day during this period invites penalties, even sacking

March 29, 2020 | M. Palani Kumar

‘Soaps won’t save us if we die of hunger first'

Most of the Adivasi families of Kavatepada in Palghar district survive on daily wage labour at construction sites. That work has stopped with the Covid-19 lockdown, and they are fast running out of money and rations

March 28, 2020 | Shraddha Agarwal 

What we should do about Covid-19

The government’s ‘package’ responding to the crisis is a blend of callousness and cluelessness

March 27, 2020 | P. Sainath

Tuljapur's temple economy goes into viral mode

In Marathwada's Tuljapur, shopkeepers, vendors and others whose livelihoods depend on the famous temple in town, are struggling with no sales after the March 17 lockdown measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19

March 24, 2020 | Medha Kale

Essential services, expendable lives
• Mumbai Suburban, Maharashtra

Essential services, expendable lives

That’s the story of Mumbai’s safai karamcharis on the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19. Wages delayed, and with little protective gear, they’re still clearing garbage even in the toxic air of the Mahul area.

March 23, 2020 | Jyoti Shinoli