Migrants and borders: My wishlist in a post-Covid-19 world

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The states seemingly behaved as independent entities during the lockdown, sealing borders and stopping migrants—the fundamental right of the workers to move and reside in any part of the country superseded by the emergency powers vested by the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897.

Abstract: An opinion piece that discusses migrants and the nation’s economy, polity and society. The author argues that India’s multilevel federalism needs to be protected to make internal migration safe, orderly and regular.

Former Professor of Economics, Education and Migration, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. bkhadria@gmail.com.