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EPF Concession: Will This Really Benefit Any Worker?

Bhuwaneswari, a millworker, was very happy when she heard the announcement by Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, on concessions for provident fund subscribers…

COVID-19 lockdown: An hour of crisis or India’s DNT

Every state, every district, every lane, every village will be under lockdown,” said India’s prime minister and ordered all 1.3 billion people in the country to stay inside their homes for three weeks starting March 25, 2020…

COVID-19: Uncertainty looms before denotified tribes of West Bengal

Lakhan Sabar is uncertain how he would repay the loans he took a few months back. Hailing from Boro village in West Bengal’s Purulia district, Lakhan is finding it difficult to sell off his agricultural produce since the country went into lockdown…

New Indian Express

People from denotified communities being pushed in to debt, starvation amid lockdown

People from the denotified tribes of Nat, Bacchara and Bediya are being pushed in to debt owing to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, showed a rapid assessment survey by the National Alliance Group for denotified, semi-nomadic and nomadic tribes…

Delhi Post News

COVID-19 Pandemic: A Double Jeopardy for the Marginalized Communities

The term, ‘Social distancing’ has been trending in twitter since COVID-19 got the status of pandemic. It is viewed like panacea. The World Health Organization (WHO), of course, has corrected its usage from ‘social distancing’ to ‘physical distancing’…

India Spend

People from denotified communities being pushed in to debt, starvation amid lockdown

On March 19, 2020, Lakhan Sabar, 35, a farmer who lives in Boro village of drought-prone Purulia district of West Bengal, had to sell two quintals of his cucumber crop at Rs 900 per quintal because no vehicles were available due to the COVID-19 lockdown to take his produce to market…

Down To Earth

COVID-19 and the curious case of development sector un-partnerships

The novel coronavirus disease outbreak (COVID-19) and resultant lockdowns have created circumstances unfamiliar to most across the world. The universality of the impact has brought in ramifications for the non-profit sector as well… 

The Wire

‘We Are in a Crisis’: Fear of Uncertain Employment, Livelihood Grips Migrant and Sex Workers

“We cannot even complain against the violence that has been meted out against us,” said Rohini Chhari, an activist working with members of nomadic and denotified tribes in Morena, Madhya Pradesh…

India Spend

COVID-19 leaves denotified nomadic tribespeople hungry, indebted

Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNT) comprise 10% of India’s population, and are struggling during the countrywide lockdown due to COVID-19, a new survey of 240 members of 22 DNTs across 28 districts in 10 states has found…

Down To Earth

COVID-19 lockdown: Isn’t it time for the State to do business again?

More than 170 years ago, Karl Marx had said: “When society is in a state of decline, the worker suffers most severely”…

Indian Express

Fighting from the bottom, India’s sanitation workers are also frontline workers battling Covid

The legacy of social exclusion is deeply entrenched in his conscience. As he begrudgingly hauls this stigma every day of his life, door-to-door, picking up waste from households in Southeast Delhi, 36-year-old Pawan stands at a crossroads yet again…

India Spend

Ongoing Crisis May Push Adolescent Girls Into Early Marriage Or Work

While 15-year-old Bhavani from Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu faces the prospect of having to drop out of school to work in a mill to help feed her family…

Delhi Post News

Pandemic, Transgender and the Toothless Act

COVID-19 pandemic, the sudden lockdown and non-strategic unlock phases affected everyone. However, transgenders have been one of the most adversely impacted segments of the population…

Down to Earth

The dispensable India: Data shows how DNTs, Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims bore lockdown brunt

Dalit, Muslim and Adivasi households and neighbourhoods have suffered terribly in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the months following the declaration of the countrywide lockdown…

Delhi Post News

COVID-19: Business and Human Rights in the Spotlight

The public imagery of the global pandemic COVID-19 is about stranded migrant workers, impoverished informal workers, jobless middle-class workforce, dejected upper-class employees and depressed investors…

India Spend

Lockdown Pushed 3 In 4 Dalit, Nomadic Tribe Hamlets Deeper In Debt: Survey

As millions in the country dealt with loss of livelihood and food insecurity during the COVID-19-induced lockdown, marginalised and minority communities fared much worse, a survey representative of nearly 100,000 families in 11 states has found…

Delhi Post News

Social Distancing or Social Stigma: The Plight of Labours Continues Unabated

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in India, the whole nation came to a standstill and almost all the industries faced huge losses with the lockdown. However, millions of labours, the backbone of the informal sector, were the worst hit…

Delhi Post News

Communalisation of the Pandemic: A “Malice” that Deprived the Marginalised

The trickling down of the “malice” from institutions to the society has led to deprivation of the most marginalised communities in India. In context to the political controversy around the role of Tablighi Jamaat in spreading COVID-19 in India…

Delhi Post News

Decoding the Farm Acts 2020: Boon or a Bane

Modernisation, industrialisation and urbanisation in India have been literally burning the farmers for a very long time. As per NSSO 70th Round data only around 36 per cent of produce and around 11.5 per cent farmers seemed to be interfacing with…

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