Centre for Exchange, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organized film screening and a discussion on “Impact of Covid-19 on Migrant Workers in India” on October ,20, 2020.
To contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Indian government initiated the largest national lockdown in March 2020. One of the consequences of the lockdown in the country led to an unprecedented movement of migrant workers from large urban centres to rural India. For decades, millions of workers have migrated from their rural homes and villages to urban cities, looking for opportunities and livelihoods. Migrant labours work as domestic help, in construction site, factories, industries, etc, for better wages and standard of living. The Indian government’s sudden enforcement of lockdown caused immediate disadvantage to this already vulnerable section of the society leading to tremendous implications.
To analyse the depth of the situation Bengali short film “Kajol Mashi” was screened as it highlighted the plight of a migrant worker caught amid the pandemic. Following the screening it led to an engaging and relevant discussion that uncovered several layers of the issue such as the socio-economic and psychological impact, and also how this issue was portrayed by the media. It was impactful and thought provoking event that helped the participants to approach, and understand the challenges posed by the pandemic and the lockdown.