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Migrant Workers and the Politics of Mental Health

The roping in of tertiary care mental health institutes by the government in providing individualised (tele) counselling services to migrant workers needs to be viewed with caution. Instead of acting as a catalyst in upholding the dignity and human rights of migrant daily wage workers who were left high and dry, mental health practice, shaped by political and institutional influences, provided “counselling” to lakhs of people who bore the brunt of governmental apathy during the pandemic crisis.

The nation may be great, but our lives are miserable.

The wicked disease struck us and wrecked our lives.

What life is this, what life is this?

A wretched life, a pathetic life, an abject life, a broken life.

Is there a disease worse than poverty?

Is there a solace greater than being with one’s family?

Aadesh Ravi1 on the migrant workers’ crisis

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Updated On : 24th Dec, 2020

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