A sudden announcement was made by the government on 24 March 2020 of a complete lockdown of the country, due to the spectre of Coronavirus. India’s Migrant Workers and the Pandemic was being written as the crisis was unfolding with no end in sight. Migrant workers from different parts of India had no choice but to trek back hundreds of kilometres carrying their scanty belongings and dragging their hungry and thirsty children in the scorching heat of the plains of India to reach home.

How did caste, race, gender, and other fault lines operate in this governmental strategy to cope with a virus epidemic?
The eight papers in this collection, highlight the ethical and political implications of the epidemic—particularly for India’s migrant workers. What were the forces of power at play in this war against the epidemic? What measures could have been taken and need to be taken now?

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chapter |25 pages


The Shiver of the Pandemic
ByRitajyoti Bandyopadhyay, Paula Banerjee, Ranabir Samaddar

part I|138 pages


chapter |11 pages

The Old is Dead, the New Can't be Born

Coronavirus and the World-Economy
ByRavi Arvind Palat

chapter |18 pages

Gender Transgressions in the Moment of Pandemic?

ByPaula Banerjee

chapter |41 pages

Covid-19 Jurisprudence

Triadic Ethical Framework and the Faultlines of Constitutional Governance
ByKalpana Kannabiran

chapter |16 pages


Migration, Informality, and Postcolonial Capitalist Development
ByRajan Pandey, Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay

chapter |27 pages

Between Homes; Without Homes

Migration, Circularity and Domesticity
BySamita Sen

part II|119 pages

Reports the Tracts of Time

chapter Report I|10 pages

Hunger, Humiliation, and Death

Perils of Migrant Workers in the Time of COVID-19
ByUtsa Sarmin

chapter Report II|14 pages

Insecurity and Fear Travel as Labour Travels in the Time of Pandemic

ByManish K Jha, Ajeet Kumar Pankaj

chapter Report III|14 pages

The Return of Bihari Migrants after the Covid-19 Lockdown

ByAnamika Priyadarshini, Sonamani Chaudhury

chapter Report IV|11 pages

The Sudden Visibility of Sangram Tudu

ByRajat Roy

chapter Report V|16 pages

Life in the Time of Corona

Glimpses of Some Crises
ByMadhurilata Basu, Sibaji Pratim Basu

chapter Report VI|10 pages

Migrant Workers and the Ethics of Care during a Pandemic

ByAmbar Kumar Ghosh, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

chapter Report VII|8 pages

Social Distancing, “Touch-Me-Not” and the Migrant Worker

ByIshita Dey

chapter Report VIII|13 pages

Bringing the border home

India Partition 2020
BySamata Biswas

chapter Report IX|12 pages

Counting and Accounting for Those on the Long Walk Home

BySabir Ahamed

chapter Report X|9 pages

How One State can Learn from Another – Migrant Workers in Kolkata

BySwati Bhattacharjee, Abhijnan Sarkar