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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 5087-5091

Migrant in my own country: The long march of migrant workers in India during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020—Failure of postcolonial governments to decolonize Bihar and rebuild Indian civilization after 1947

President Academy of Family Physicians of India, President, WONCA SAR The World Organization of Family Doctors, South Asia Region

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Dr. Raman Kumar
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_2045_20

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The world is passing through the unprecedented crisis of COVID 19 pandemic. A large section of the global population has been living under mandatory mass quarantine, the lockdown, as a strategy towards slowing down the expansion of the pandemic. This lockdown is being eased out across world in a phase wise manner. India being one of the most populous countries is hardest hit by the pandemic and soon the number of positive cases is likely to touch one million mark. One of the most significant phenomenons observed during the Indian lockdown, has emerged as the long march of migrant workers from cities to their native places. Bihar, one of the Indian provinces is the major provider of migrant labourers for Indian agriculture and the industry sectors. As depicted on social media and television, the plight of migrants was disturbing and exposed modern Indian democracy's vulnerabilities. Many of them had to walk on foot for thousands of kilometers, with their hungry families, from the industrial cities to their native places. Nothing has changed for the migrant workers through the past three centuries, including the first century of postcolonial India. Why are they called migrant workers? Are they not citizens of India? How come being Bihari—a native of Bihar province, one of the primary sources of migrant workers in India, become a stigma? So how did the historical symbol of the most significant accomplishments of Indian history, literature, science, and culture come to be identified with poor migrant workers' image? Bihar's underdevelopment is often blamed on corrupt local politicians and caste politics. However, the history of migrant workers from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh states of India is worth a closer attention for possible solutions. The phenomenon has a historical linkage with the fall of once upon a time the great Indian civilization; centuries of occupation, colonization, slavery, and indentured servitude. India has made steady progress in economic terms since 1947, India's independence from the British empire. The economy's size and rise in gross domestic product (GDP) are meaningless if ordinary citizens continue to be disfranchised, not protected, and liberated from the colonial processes. For India's sovereign economic development, there is no option but to invest in long-term and rebuild the civilization and build a system of the indigenous Indian knowledge economy based on the core principles and values of the Indian civilization. Keywords: Migrant workers, Slavery, Indentured workers, Indian Independence, Indian Civilization, History of India, History of Bihar, Magadha Empire, Buddha, Ashoka, Chanakya, Indian economy, Development of India, Culture of India, Tourism industry, Visit Bihar, India Arrival Day, India diaspora, Future of India, Rebuilding Bihar, Bihari people, Patliputra, Magadha empire, Gupta Empire, Colonization of India, the British empire, Independence of India, Bhikhari Thakur, Mahatma Gandhi, Satyagrah. Champaran movement, Mr. Rajkeshwar Purryag, History of Mauritius, BIMARU States, Ancient India, Future of India, Indian economy, COVID-19, Corona, Pandemic in India, Public Health, Archeological Survey of India, GDP of India, Economy size of India, Niti Ayog, Government of India, Indian Agriculture Sector, Development of Bihar

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