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A family of migrant workers walks towards the railway station | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s corrupt, classist voter registration system keeps migrants politically excluded

Researchers from Columbia and California universities studied migrants to Delhi and Lucknow and found that politicians seek their support if they are registered as voters.
Sonu Sood organises buses for stranded migrants and students

Why would you want food for ten days? What Sonu Sood asked migrant labourers at Kalwa Chowk

In 'I Am No Messiah', Sonu Sood writes with Meena Iyer that migrant labourers didn't believe him first but his plea had an impact like Shah Rukh Khan’s dressing-room speech in Chak De! India.
Groups of migrants walk towards the Delhi-Ghaziabad border

Lockdown sees record spike in NREGA jobs, but 1.7 crore applicants fail to get one

According to a new NREGA tracker launched by activists, 7.62 crore households have received jobs under the scheme between April and June, the highest since 2017-18.
Migrant workers wait in a bus on the banks of Yamuna River while being transferred to a shelter in New Delhi, on April 15.

‘Why did Modi abandon us?’ – migrant workers hit hard by lockdown are angry

Modi’s hold over migrant workers seems to be slipping as anger surfaces at a leader who just last year won his second term in office with sweeping majority.

As workers reach home, Modi govt gets a second chance to redeem itself on migrant fiasco

Homecoming of migrant workers and their families will constitute a massive shock to states' local labour markets, healthcare infrastructure, and PDS.
Migrants leave for Bihar from Uttarakhand | Representational image | PTI

Bad food, water fights, 2 toilets for 240 — Bihar’s migrants come home to a different crisis

Migrant labourers returning to Bihar from around the country are first kept in quarantine centres for 14 days before being allowed to go home.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar has a lot to lose due to Covid crisis, but Nitish Kumar is the most relaxed CM

JD(U) president and BJP ally Nitish Kumar has been remarkably unaffected by migrants' plight, months before the assembly election in Bihar.
Migrant worker Tulsi and his family near an entrance to Agra on the Yamuna Expressway. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Direct cash transfer best way to help poor in Covid crisis. If Modi govt can’t do it, let us

It is disappointing that direct cash transfers are not a major part of Modi govt's economic package. So here's an idea to make this work.
Daily wagers leaving Delhi-NCR for their native villages on foot on Yamuna Expressway on 27 March 2020

Like an MEA to help NRIs in crisis, India needs a system for its internal migrants too

The way special ‘Shramik Express’ trains were implemented shows many Indian states neither have political sensitivity nor administrative structure for migrants.
Village residents at Balakati of Khordha district, Odisha | Photo: ANI (Representative image)

Gram panchayats, unsung warriors finally emerging as states’ saviour in Covid battle

Modi's video conference with sarpanchs puts gram panchayats in the news. But it's their work among migrants and against Covid that should take the spotlight.

Twitter has an India-born CEO Parag Agrawal. In Pakistan, it has caused a burn

We look forward to overseas Pakistanis cooking on wood, explaining gas shortage in Pakistan. These are inflation CEOs. Unmatchable against Google, Twitter CEOs.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.