In these dire circumstances, it is essential for the state to directly provide the basic means of survival to anyone who needs it. This must be in both cash and kind.
On most days, Marjina and her family eat just boiled rice with salt and water.
Shamim went days without food, water or sleep. Daily phone calls to his family is what kept him going.
Shahnaz, a domestic helper, and her family do not know where their meals are coming from.
We expected this crisis to be a long interregnum of suffering, but one in which India’s demons of hate would be exiled. The ruling establishment had other plans.
150 small farmers who were interviewed said they would each lose Rs 20,000 on average.
The official strategies place the responsibility on citizens, a majority without privilege, to fight the virus.