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

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Locked Down: Sex Workers and Their Livelihoods

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, it was clear that the sex workers’ community would be badly hit by it. Far from being a “non-essential” activity, sex work is their bread and butter. COVID-19 has brought the livelihoods of tens of thousands of sex workers to a standstill and adversely affected their physical and mental well-being and that of those dependent on them. Women in sex work always have had to face difficult situations while earning their livelihood. Their marginalisation results in their having to struggle at all levels, including access to health, education and social justice. COVID-19 has gravely affected their livelihood and the looming uncertainty about when this could end has left them in a lurch.

Gender Equity and COVID-19: Dalit Standpoints

This paper attempts to understand the larger meanings that interlink social spaces of Dalits women and COVID-19. It tries to foreground the following questions. How does it determine the realm of social distancing? Does it lead to a new world of caste and precarity? One of the central transitions in the lives of Dalits and their subsistence in an economy that is impacted by the transition of welfare state towards the neo-liberal state that does not address the question of social security. Capitalist phase of neo-liberalism thus is reshaping the gender relations within the Dalit families. Work forces of Dalit women are being caught in challenges raised by Brahmanic, socially regulated economy. Domestic and external labour of Dalit women are embedded within the larger facets of society. In addition to these social and political developments, atrocities on Dalit women are increasing day by day in addition to covert/overt marginalisation within the Dalit families. Thus, this paper tries to map questions of Dalit women in the time of COVID-19.

Labour, Livelihoods, and Employment in the 2021–22 Union Budget

Coming in the midst of the immense damage inflicted on the Indian economy by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021–22 Union Budget needed to perform the unenviable task of compensating households for massive livelihood losses as well as stimulating economic growth while maintaining some fiscal discipline. As it turned out, the government chose to focus on the second and third goals and largely ignored the first.

Resilience, Sustainability and Equity: COVID-19 and Mountain Livelihoods

In the west Himalayan mountain state of Himachal Pradesh where 90% of the population is rural, of which close to two thirds is dependent on land-based livelihoods, we examine the impacts of the initial phases of the COVID-19-led lockdown. Experiences of both horticulturalists and subsistence farmers highlight that challenges rooted in long-brewing socio-political, economic and ecological imbalances were brought to the fore starkly during this crisis. We argue that if the livelihood interests of mountain people have to be protected along with the local ecology, state policies will have to revolve around the principles of equity, sustainability and resilience. */

The Lockdown in India

The coronavirus pandemic, nationwide lockdown and the Indian demography are explored through the prisms of caste, class and gender. There is an evident link between the degree of vulnerability and susceptibility of certain people falling prey to the ills of the lockdown and the overlapping effects of class, caste and gender they belong to.

Covid-19 Impact: Lockdown and Livelihood in the Lurch

This paper summarises the impact that the pandemic can have on livelihoods and the various interventions (such as the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana) by the government to ease the economic burden given the existing employment patterns. Since the effects of the pandemic are still unfolding, the full impact of these welfare schemes remains to be seen.

Living with Multiple Vulnerabilities: Impact of COVID-19 on the Urban Poor in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region

This article is based on a study conducted by YUVA on the heightened vulnerabilities of the urban poor during the 54-day lockdown in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It unravels pre-existing fault lines of life in the city that accrue owing to living in inadequate habitats and working in insecure livelihoods. It focuses on the linkages between state-provided relief and access to the same vis-à-vis existing entitlements and documentation. It explores emerging deprivations and barriers of access to the PDS, social security, cash transfers and loans during the pandemic.

Cyclone in the Sundarbans

Following Cyclone Amphan, relief work in the already sensitive and complex Sundarbans delta was complicated by the sudden nationwide lockdown.

Distanced to Dire Circumstances

In the most perilous situations, those that are least protected by the state are the first to be compelled to make a choice between disease and starvation.

Limelight in Dark Times

Viewing Jyoti Kumari’s cycling feat as “matter out of place” reveals our collective gender and social biases.

​Breaking Bread

As the pandemic rages on and people are confined to their homes, many have sought comfort in baking bread, but not without documenting it on social media.

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