ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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In a Perpetual Panic


In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the migrant workers’ journey on Shramik (special) trains seems to be filled with intolerable hardships and sufferings. As media reports show, the workers on the trains are scrambling to grab food and water bottles whenever and wherever it is possible for them. The acute state of panic, however, continues to travel with these migrants right from the departing station of the trains in which these workers have managed to travel. The state of panic that begins right at the pickup point, continues to acquire serious proportions by the time the train arrives with these workers at its final destination.

In this regard, however, it needs to be acknowledged that panicking is not part of the natural disposition of these workers. It is, in fact, a socio-psychological condition that entraps these workers right from the day they step into the land of “promise”—the metropolis. Put differently, the state of panic or pandemonium is socio-structurally accumulated, politically reproduced, and tragically arrived at.

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Updated On : 23rd Dec, 2020
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