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Lockdown Impact: Weaver family drowning in debt Part-2 of our on-going series based on CJP's Purvanchal fact-finding mission examining the decline of the traditional weaving industry

The traditional Banarasi weaving industry in India’s Purvanchal region is withering, and people engaged in the trade are struggling financially. Entire families have been pushed into poverty, girls are suffering in the absence of online education as schools are shut.  Our team came across 18-year-old Amina whose family of ten in Mubarakpur, is struggling to get back…

Lockdown Impact: Weavers forced to become tea sellers! Part-1 of our on-going series based on CJP's Purvanchal fact-finding mission examining the decline of the traditional weaving industry

The once thriving Banarasi weaving industry has come to a grinding halt in wake of the Covid-19 induced national lockdown. But despite the heritage status accorded to the traditional handloom industry that is a part of the Varanasi’s culture for more than a millennium, Banarasi weavers are struggling to make ends meet, mainly due to…

Covid-19 and the egregious condition of the working class Dealing with starvation and the struggle for survival

The current unprecedented crisis of the Covid-19 epidemic is not only a medical emergency but also a crisis for economy and employment, where the worst hit are indubitably the vulnerable workers and laborers. The fortuitous are the ones that get the luxury to work from home, follow the norms of social distancing and are nonchalant…

CJP campaigns for migrant workers’ Right to Vote Signs memorandum to ECI demanding postal ballots for migrant workers

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent national lockdown forced lakhs of migrant workers to head back to their native villages. While many workers took long journeys to get back home after being virtually rendered unemployed and homeless, many others just wanted to be in the relative safety of rural India with their families, even as…

मायग्रंट डायरीज: लक्ष्मण प्रसाद झारखंड के लक्ष्मण प्रसाद कहते हैं, “गांव पहुंच कर मैं बहुत खुश हूं, खाने के लिए अब लाइन में नहीं लगना पड़ेगा.”

43 साल के लक्ष्मण प्रसाद मुंबई में रहते हुए 27 साल हो चुके हैं. इतने वर्षों से वे यहीं रोजी-रोटी कमा रहे हैं. वैसे तो वे इस महानगर में कई जगहों पर रह चुके हैं, लेकिन पिछले 15 साल से अपने परिवार के साथ सांताक्रुज के कलीना इलाके में रह रहे हैं. प्रसाद पहले किराए…

मायग्रंट डायरीज: मुन्ना शेख लॉकडाउन के दौरान ट्रेन से 62 घंटे में मुंबई से कटिहार पहुंचे प्रवासी कामगार ने कहा, "उम्मीद है बिहार सरकार कुछ पैसा और राशन दे ताकि हम जिंदा रह सकें."

27 साल के मुन्ना शेख, बांद्रा में शास्त्री नगर इलाके में 15 लोगों के साथ रहते थे. बांद्रा का यह इलाका कम कमाई वाले लोगों की रिहाइश है. यहां देश के तमाम राज्यों के हजारों प्रवासी कामगार रहते हैं. मुन्ना शेख को रोजगार की तलाश में 15 साल पहले बिहार से मुंबई आना पड़ा था.…

Migrant Diaries: Atiur Rehman “Not a penny in my pocket for three months, not a grain in my belly for three days before CJP helped me,” recalls a migrant worker from West Bengal

The Covid-19 pandemic could have been an opportunity for all of us as a society to showcase our most compassionate and humane side. But many employers and middle-men took this opportunity to further exploit their labourers, especially impoverished and often unlettered migrants, and push them to the brink of starvation. This is the story of…

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