Skewed Economic Growth & Internal Migration in India

Viśva-Saṃbodhi

Source: Financial Times

Exodus of desperate migrants out of Delhi & Mumbai was widely covered by national & international media. The world is talking about social-distancing but these people were risking life to return to their villages by boarding crowded busses, hiding in milk tankers and some, including pregnant women, were walking 40-50 kms a day in scorching heat and empty stomach. These people are the backbone of urban economy, but for most of us they just don’t exist….

When everything is going good, we tend to take things for granted until crisis hit us hard and expose our weakness as a society. The migrant crisis is one such area. The pandemic has exposed fundamental flaw in India’s much talked about economic growth over the years. India’s growth story has been a story of deserted villages, migration of millions from rural to urban areas and crumbling urban infrastructure. Neglect of…

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