Over the past few weeks the most pressing matter the government is trying to handle is the migrant crisis that has arisen out of this lockdown. It seems that the government advisory mechanism was caught off guarded over repercussions of this lockdown from the migrant perspective.
To the flocking of thousands of migrants at Delhi-Ghaziabad border, to the staging protest in Surat, Andhra border or at Bandra in Mumbai. People have been protesting to arrange the government for their return to their natives. While the government has been suggesting staying put wherever they are, respective state government have been arranging return of their citizens.
A quick survey of migrant’s shelters reveals the horror. The Delhi police survey report states to Indian Express (April 28), that fans are not working, no power backup, sanitization of toilets rarely done, most migrants want to leave as their families cannot survive, rude behavior of civil staff, pathetic quality of food, no hand wash and sanitizer, foul smells in toilet, water supply in toilets only between 7 to 11am, one soap for bathing and no detergent to was clothes, mosquito bites and so on. If these are the conditions of voluntary camps, don’t even imagine the conditions of quarantine camps where one have no option but to stay.
This lockdown has left the marginal section who barely are lifted out of poverty at the helm of going back to poverty. With no job, no food and no means to send remittances to their family, it is natural that one gets frustrated. The grim pictures of migrants cycling or walking back on foot along with small children thousands of kms paints the reality of this lockdown. Remember, the lives exist out of gated society as well. The truth is government is yet to figure out the assistance of this section, and assistance if received have benefited only few.
Once, these people go back and settle, the MSME’s will be the hardest hit, which are dependent on these workforces. Once stopped, it is no easy job to restart a business. Indian railways have set off across country to bring back home the stranded migrants and estimates that 500 such trains will be needed across 15 days to get the job done. The state of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have to huddle together as coordination with states are the major pain pointed out by the Railways. Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal are also in the line.
Once this exercise is over, the next challenge of the government is to kick start the economy and feed its jobless citizens, in a country where malnutrition is entrenched, especially among children, there is a danger of hunger becoming widespread too. We all have anecdotal evidence that families are going hungry and some are starving too. While you can have food given to you by government, one just cannot give up his dignity and have no job but just food to eat even if given free by the government. A human need is much more than just-food.
Where we read disturbing news of people committing suicide because he wasn’t able to feed his family during lockdown.
On the other hand, jewellers are forced to sell vegetables so that they can survive from the lockdown crisis.
If you are watching the situation we can see a massive gathering in Bandra, Mumbai. The Mumbai migrants have gathered in large numbers, social distancing and safety of policemen went for the toss.
The gathering of people in such large numbers, cramped in spaces and sent back to their natives such as Bihar, UP, MP and Rajasthan defeats the purpose of lockdown and increases the risk of even wider spread in states where health infrastructure is already in a dismal state. A couple of weeks back, when there was a disaster in the capital of India, Mumbai was quite silent and managed then as the state government assured to provide with food and shelter.
The labours were waiting for the lockdown to end, as it extended till 3rd of May, stranded migrants who were waiting to return home, gathered at Bandra West station demanding return to their natives. The police had to resort lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.
India Today TV spoke to Maharashtra Cabinet minister Aslam Sheikh who assured that there was no dearth of food for the migrants in the city.
Now after reading and hearing all this information, here I want to understand the actual reason for all the chaos.
Is Mumbai going to be another trigger point of mass Exodus jeopardizing the effect of lockdown?
This is not about the free meal or shelter the government is providing, their entire life has changed. They are frustrated, anxious with the uncertainties looming around them.
In my 20 years in Mumbai, I have never seen such a sight
Gopal Das| The Hindu
I read an editorial of The Hindu, where he mentioned a person from Bhagalpur, Bihar who is a construction worker attempted to board the last few trains from Mumbai station to their homes but failed. Let me, share the same with you:
Gopal is from Bhagalpur, Bihar. He said he and his friends spent nearly four hours trying to get tickets. “A few people who had clambered on to the trains fell on the platform. A little later, we heard that all the trains had been cancelled. Since there was no public transport, we walked for three hours to our room in Bandra (East) with ₹250 in our pockets. We were still hoping they would start the trains. We didn’t think it would last this long,” he said.
I was taken aback by the videos and pictures of people shoving each other to get into trains. It reminded me of “Gadar” movie wherein one scene people were flocking in numbers to save lives after independence.
Voice of the labours
The labours do not wish to continue the same way leaving isolated and separated with their families. They are now demanding a way out of it, food and shelter are not what they want now as a prime thing. What they want is to facilitate transportation to their respective towns and villages.
Maharashtra Minister, Aditya Thackeray tweeted his opinion and seemed to have blamed the central government.
The current situation at Bandra station, now dispersed or even the rioting in Surat is a result of the Union Govt not being able to take a call on parenting a way back home for migrant labour. They don’t want food or shelter, they want to go back home.
Is this the right time to play the blame game and accuse the central government?
Moreover, some ministers are also pointing that there is problem with adequate food supply as well.
What might be the actual reason for the sudden outbreak in the evening? Are some kind of panic being created or fake news spread over WhatsApp and other social media?
Police are trying to find out the real reason as our prime minister addressed the nation this morning and the gathering happened in the evening so what might be the actual reason.
My questions are:
What is the reason for Mumbai Lockdown mess?
The police was continuously requesting the migrants to maintain social distance.
According to Republic TV, people are not getting rations. A man showed a list to the camera where there is a list of 5000 people asking for rations.
Is the government not providing adequate amount of ration, food and shelter?
How did state let so many people gather?
There are all type of negative shady characters and incidents that helps the CoronaVirus to spread in mass. Minutes after this happened public figures and ministers stated that the incident is anti-public and anti-poor blaming the central government and Modi.
The social media was flooded with memes and news comparing Surat incident and Mumbai incident.
So as Arnab Goswami mentioned in his debate, was the violation planned?
Is it not about going home, it’s about food and shelter?
An activist Kavita Krishnan tweeted and compared the Bandra incident with Surat and blamed the central government. She mentioned
At Surat, then at Bandra, migrant workers gathered to ask to go home have been dispersed by force.
Gujarati tourists we’re brought from Haridwar thanks to @AmitShah, as have Indians from foreign shores, but Modi won’t even mention migrants?
As she also tweeted
Modi lied this morning claiming India screened passengers early to slow down Covid-19.
When 20 counties reported Covid-19, India only screened passengers from China, Hong-kong, that too, only thermal screening for fever, not testing them for Covid-19.
Seeing her tweet, I wanted to dig more about her. The media and the entire country is now divided between two teams. Some are Modi-supporters and the other half Anti Modi. Also to add a third team which is neutral including me, we are observing the situation, obeying the rules and seeking questions.
So after reading all her tweets and then I found an article on Google, published by The Print.
It mentioned a video that Indian media is not doing journalism. An activist Kavita Krishnan on her video mentioned about a show titled ‘Madrasa hotspots’ in India today.
Channels from Zee News, Aaj Tak to Network18 like to add the word ‘jihad’ to everything. Corona jihad or zameen jihad, love jihad, arthik jihad, and whatnot. But if anyone is waging a holy war today, it is Indian media’s jihad against Indian Muslims and Islam.
Even now, if you check the live news on YouTube citizens are fighting over hindu-muslim. Yesterday I raised a simple concern about Prime-minister’s speech asking about the motive which ended up by abusing each other. No one even bothered to understand and share their opinion it became a fight of Modi or no Modi.
Today, we might blame migrants for being impatient. We might blame anti social elements to create disturbance in society. We might blame it as a pre-planned operation by opposition. Reason could be many. But what is common that we failed to understand that there is a dissent brewing and it is not about just food and shelter. It is inherent human nature to be insecure, desperate to meet the loved ones and have a hope, which they don’t see today.
As we know, we all are fighting with the novel Coronavirus and maintaining social distance, actually, this is something to something to wonder about how we will behave.
The coronavirus has taught us to live a simple life, staying at home is not so difficult.
But then, will things get to normal as it was?
The well-known Bollywood movie director Shaujit Sarkar has his own worries. The concern he has actually can change the whole pattern of movies, web-series and all similar kinds. It will not just affect Bollywood but all other movie industries in this world.
Shoojit Sarkar wrote on this post- ‘When all that is over, then how will the cinema world shoot the intimate scene in such surroundings. Especially intimate, kissing/hugging scenes. How far or close to? Or will they be dishonest on storytelling in these intimate scenes for some time? ‘
Many celebrities and individuals are reacting to the subject.
Diya Mirza wrote – ‘Guru, your complete means of movie making is integral! So many individuals will come collectively one after the opposite to create a second of unity and efforts. You are speaking about intimate scene … how will that change? Will we arrive carrying masks and gloves? Only time will inform.
Other commented that the flowers of ’70s will be back. However, other’s are hoping that there will be some creativity on that part.
An individual raised another concern
How will the industry shoot at all, if they ban gathering of 50 or more people?
People shared their displeasure on social media and when they did, they were trolled.
Irfan Pathan, who played for India was brutally trolled after he shared his displeasure over firing crackers.
He later shared some hate messages he received, have a look:
News on spitting and misbehaving by Tablighi Jamaat patients was fake
According to Indian Express, AIIMS Raipur has denied the spitting and misbehaviour or any such conduct by the Tablighi Jamaat patients.
This kind of news went viral in no time, even it was aired by TV channels.
Similar other fake news were spread like
Muslims spitting on food
Hiding in mosques to spread the coronavirus.
Even news channels like ANI were accused of fake news by Noida Police.
Jamatis asked for non-veg food
Jamatis defecated in open.
Muslim men are sneezing in open to spread the virus.
Where communalism and communal violence have become endemic in our society, it seems that the leadership lacks the will to fight it out with humanity. Out of all this devastation, there are a few who arose to help despite all the politics, communalism and inequalities.
Many celebrities and stars are helping the government to win over the war.
So here’s a case where a person is helping the poor and the needy by coming to be a voice. Rahul Jha on a daily basis receives a number of calls by poor or volunteers to provide them help and support by the government. He the then reaches out immediately to the higher authorities, share the details and help these people.
The guy named Abdul called Rahul and asked for help, he was in deep trouble. Rahul tried many of his sources but many refused to support Muslims, others denied and some made excuses. Even some in authority were not ready to so Rahul then decided to reach out to the higher authorities and lastly, director of the disaster management to cognisance and immediately problems were resolved. Abdul received ration by 8:30 pm yesterday.
11 hours ago, Kamal Hasan wrote an open letter addressing our honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, 17.5 k tweeters liked and 5078 people retweeted by far.
Let’s see, what’s written in the letter:
His letter got a mixed response as many tweeters tweeted and tagged him, soon #KamalHasaan got trending
We have to introspect, why the society and we have become so polarised. We are dealing with a virus which doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor, Hindu or Muslim, caste, creed, gender or economic status.
Even the Prince, prime-minister of the UK were diagnosed positive. The virus even killed the member of the royal family from Spain. Is the USA government discriminating between black and white and holding somebody responsible for spreading the virus?
In this cruel society, one can always be a victim, the society wants the girl to understand and keep their mouth shut to show regards when the in-laws fat-shame, pass brutal comments about features and looks, above all they won’t even spare the parents of the girl.
They love to criticize the girl in front of her husband and family members despite rectifying their own shortcomings.
Alia and Ranbir married each other, both started a new and happy life but Ranbir’s mother always kept on body-shaming Alia and used to curse both of them.
Alia is a beautiful and chubby girl, she is very fair with flawless skin but she is on the heavier side despite being so beautiful, one demerit of her life gives her in-laws a chance to despise her.
Alia often gets upset and this is nothing new, even before her marriage her mother-in-law made fun of her:
She kept on asking her son “What did you see in her”?
Ranbir always listened to his silently because whenever he tried to support his wife, it made things more difficult and the discussion turned into an argument.
Their behaviour was very irritating and it was difficult for Alia to accept this criticism. She got frustrated and started to get depressed.
She wanted to say to her mother-in-law that in-spite of hurting others she should invest time for her family’s betterment.
The society wants the girl to let go of all this criticism, teasing, mental harassment, demeaning statements but it’s actually not as easy:
It shakes the confidence
One gets demotivated
This leads to depression and it can be dangerous.
People don’t forget criticism or this kind of comments easily. According to experts, it takes years to let go of such comments.
Alia’s in-laws are a real example that Indian society can never come out of it. Though many families have learnt to respect and treat their daughter-in-law as their own daughters, the majority love to humiliate and offend.
Many girls and women commit suicide because of being body shamed and criticised by society, family and friends.
Every day her in-laws criticised her, by talking about her attributes, body, commenting on her parents.
Alia tried to forgive and forget as society demands from an ideal Indian wife and daughter-in-law. They kept on taunting her on everything possible. Even if Ranbir makes any mistake or fights with any family member they eventually blamed Alia.
Even after three years of marriage, nothing’s changed. During a festival, the entire family gathered to stay together where the mother & daughter kept taunting Alia, on the second day while they were commenting on her, she ultimately lost her temper and protested. Seeing her hitting back her in-laws were taken aback and they upped their vitriol. This let to a major verbal escalation and the entire family got dragged into it. Seeing her wife being flanked, Ranbir started supporting her wife. This led to a situation of Pandora’s box being opened up and every other issue started churning.
The end of this fight was not in sight. Ranbir, seeing this is never gonna end turned to his wife and parents to stop this. To this, Alia expressed her deep displeasure that she has been tolerating this pain for a long while now and again a fight ensued between Ranbir and Alia. Seeing the tides changing his mother and sister started taking Ranbir’s side, giving him the sense that this is going a different trajectory. Now, he was literally irritated and wanted this to stop at once, and in that heat slapped his wife.
Alia ran towards her room weeping profusely. She locked her room and kept on weeping. The agony, the pain, the disdain, the contempt, was overwhelming for her. She couldn’t take this anymore and thoughts started coming into her mind. It’s like all of those incidents were taking a rewind, converting her anger into revenge.
As usual, her alarm bell rang sharply at 6 a.m. waking her up from her thoughts, long before any family member does. She started her daily household chores and in the afternoon she went to the market to buy groceries as usual, the thought of revenge not yet faded.
She went straight to a store to buy insecticides tucked it deeply in her pants safely and went straight towards home.
She came back, her throat dry, she took a glass of water, her hands were shaking, went back to her room, looking constantly at the packet of insecticide.