//Pandemic: A call to Indigenous way of life

Pandemic: A call to Indigenous way of life

“We don’t want sympathy, we want dignity; we work hard to earn our living, and we don’t beg, borrow or steal. We may be poor but we are also citizens of this country with equal rights granted to us.” These statements, made by a worker from Bihar, express the sentiments and aspirations of the whole class of migrant workers. Forced by situation, and discriminated by humans, most migrant workers chose to return to their villages braving all odds along the way.

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The author is the Head of the Department of Tribal Studies, ISI-Delhi and Editor of Hashiyeki Awaz a Hindi monthly.