The elephant in the room

We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India

into a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic

and to secure to all its citizens

justice, social, economic, and political;

liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

equality of status and opportunity;

and to promote among them all fraternity

assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation

in our Constituent Assembly this 26th day of November 1949, do hereby adopt, enact and give to ourselves this Constitution.

That is the preamble to our constitution. What else can I write about this 8 week long tragedy, in the middle of the lockdown, involving millions of starving fellow Indians who are walking a thousand kilometers across the country to their homes. We have seen this every day on TV. Click on the photos for news reports and analysis.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. Devastating.
    Why are the migrants going back to their home villages? Is it because there’s no work due to the lockdown ? Or is it part of a government edict for people to sequester themselves in their home village?

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  2. It is truly heart-breaking and there have also been heart-warming stories of people helping and feeding migrants on their long journey home. Here’s hoping for a fairer new support system to provide these people with the care and safety they need 🙏

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  3. There are so many ramifications to the pandemic; looking at our society through a different glass is one of them, as it is bringing many elephants in the room into focus. Your links to news reports and analysis are so tragic and heartbreaking, but it always gives me hope to see volunteers offering food and water to those suffering.

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  4. I read so many stories, on the BBC, of people who died on the road to their homes, and kept on thinking “How much would have it costed to support those migrant workers, to avoid them having to WALK thousands of kms?”. Truly, truly, truly heartbreaking.

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