Anthropology is the holistic study of human beings in time and space. It is an introductory video on this amazing discipline. As a student of Anthropology, I often get asked about my discipline. Most of the people don’t even know what it is. Hope this would give them an idea about the discipline.
If you are watching news these days, you surely know about the problems that migrant workers are facing. It’s heartbreaking to see people walking hundreds and thousands of kilometres. Many people have died so far. I have just seen a photo on twitter. A person talking on phone and crying. Probably someone from his family is on the other side of the phone. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering they have been going through since the beginning of the lockdown. They have been out of work . They have been hungry. They don’t have anywhere to sleep at night. Can you even imagine walking all day with no certainty that you will make it ? I can’t. I don’t have the courage. These days have shown the worst, darkest and the most bitter truths of our so called developed society that have been ignored or denied till now. For me , the future is blurry. I don’t know when any medicine or vaccine will be discovered. I don’t even know if it is a question of when or if. We have to learn to live with this virus as the authorities have said. But the upcoming days are going to be very hard.
Indian social activist Medha Patkar came to a program at our university this year. She is associated with the Narmada Bachao Andolan,an ecological movement in India. I remember her saying about these workers. She said,for example, what happens to the workers that build your house/building. People don’t even remember them, right? They build these tall buildings and don’t even get invited to the opening ceremony. Nobody cared about their pathetic working conditions, extra time without wage, gender discriminations at workplaces. And most of the privileged people won’t care now, when they are returning to their homes on foot. Majority of Indian millennials care about tiktok vs youtube and other such useless social media arguments while our poor citizens are having their worst and the darkest days of their existence as human beings on the Earth.
I feel nothing but frustrated when I see this amount of inequality in our society. This inequality starts with the economic inequality which leads to other inequalities. The central government has declared a economic relief package for the country. I don’t know if the money will go to the hands of the poor. There are no shortage of skilled evil people capable of corruption. The government has to ensure that the money goes to the poor who really need it. Otherwise the already existing inequality between the rich and the poor will increase.
Problems are emerging at social spheres also. Those who have returned to their homes from outside their states are going to lose the relative security that their low paying jobs had once provided. How are they going to get over this? This is a serious question. We have to also ensure that patients suffering from other diseases don’t get neglected due to covid19 emergency. Patients of covid19 and their families may also face harassment even after being cured.
What can we do then? We should be hopeful. Hope is all we have by our side, always. ” It shall pass too”. Stay safe .
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