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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 January 2021

Beyond the Headlines: India's coronavirus fight from Kerala to Kashmir

The success of the Kerala model, the mass migration of workers and the Kashmir quarantine inside the world's biggest lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has left many of the world’s poor without money for food or rent after they were rendered jobless by economic shutdowns – often with very little support from their governments.

Nowhere has the scale of the tragedy been as evident as in India, where hundreds of millions of the rural poor migrate to big cities to earn a living. With all modes of transport shut amid the weeks-long lockdown, many simply began walking to their home villages, hundreds of kilometres away.

On this week's edition of Beyond the Headlines, host Suhail Akram discusses their plight with Taniya Dutta, correspondent for The National in New Delhi, and Shankar Gopalakrishnan, an Indian activist and researcher. We also hear from Rajiv G, assistant editor with The Times of India, about the "Kerala Model" for containing the virus, and Samaan Lateef, a journalist from Kashmir who tells us how people in that region have been affected by the pandemic.

Updated: May 28, 2020 05:05 PM

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