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My employers aren’t paying me much, but I’m grateful to have a job

My name is Durga Devi and I am a resident of Taimoor Nagar in Delhi. I’m originally from Madhubani in Bihar, and moved here over fifteen years ago. Over the last eight years, I’ve been working as a domestic worker. … Continue reading

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कोरोना से नहीं, लॉकडाउन से डर लगता है

रात के बाद सवेरा ज़रूर होता है पर सवेरे के बाद रात भी ज़रूर आती है। 2021 में कोविड माहमारी ने एक बार फिर से लोगों को हद से ज़्यादा असहाय किया है, बुनियादी चीजों के लिए तड़पाया है। ये … Continue reading

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“Why them, why not us”: a curious case of missing empathy in the second wave

“Why them, why not us?” A drive thru vaccination camp was conducted in Gurugram recently. The camp was conducted in a mall, vaccines were free and administered through the windows of the car. No autos, cycles or rickshaws were seen … Continue reading

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Kaam karoon, ki baccho ko padhaun, ki ghar ka kiraya doun?

Manju, a resident of Harijan Basti in Gurgaon works as a domestic worker in a housing society nearby.  Once working for four different households Manju has now lost most of her work due to the pandemic.  Some of her employers … Continue reading

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Yahaan zeher khane ke paise nahi hain, tika kahan se lagvayenge?

Mamta and Vikas, a married couple who came to Harijan Basti in Gurgaon five years ago from Bihar, took up work in the same household as cooks. After last year’s lockdown, life was just getting back on track for them, … Continue reading

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