…As governments around the world try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, India has launched one of the most draconian social experiments in human history, locking down its entire population – including about 176 million people who struggle to survive on $1.90 a day or less.…
Those near the top can hunker down in gated apartment complexes, watching Bollywood movies on Netflix and ordering food deliveries online. But not Jakhawadiya, who makes a living selling cheap plastic buckets and baskets with her husband on the streets of Mumbai.
For her, the order means 21 days in a 6-by-9-foot room with five people, no work, a couple days of food and the equivalent of about $13 in cash. She looked at Modi speaking on their little television, spattered with stickers left over the years by one child or another. “I am so afraid,” she thought.…
Lockdown: ‘Suffering of Poor Is Constitutional Concern. But Don’t Look to SC for Answers’ – By Karan Thapar (Apr 16, 2020, The Wire)
Spectre of poverty looms – By The Editorial Board (Apr 14, 2020, The Telegraph)
Preventing a pandemic of hunger along with COVID-19 – Editorial (Apr 21, 2020, New Indian Express)
Already scared by job loss and hunger, working class dreads aftermath of the lockdown – By Nazish Hussain (Apr 18, 2020, TCN)