Suggested resources to understand the COVID-19 crisis better
We have divided the resources under various themes for the convenience of our readers and social media followers. If you have not yet started reading some good stories, articles and reports on the pandemic, now is the time to start with the following ones suggested below:
1. Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on migrants, informal workers, livelihood security and flow of remittances -- reports, policy briefs, etc.
a. 'COVID-19 Crisis Through a Migration Lens' (released on 22nd April, 2020), Migration and Development Brief no. 32, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) that is supported by the World Bank, European Commission, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Please click here and here to access.
b. '21 Days and Counting: COVID-19 Lockdown, Migrant Workers, and the Inadequacy of Welfare Measures in India' (released on 15th April, 2020), prepared by Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN). Please click here and here to read access.
c. Please click here and here to read the Jan Sahas report entitled 'Voices of the Invisible Citizens: A Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Internal Migrant Workers -- Recommendations for the State, Industry & Philanthropies' (released in April 2020).
d. Please click here to read the findings of the 'First Round of Delhi National Capital Region Coronavirus Telephone Survey' conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research-NCAER (released on 12th April, 2020).
e. Please click here and here to read the status report entitled 'How Pastoralists across India are Affected by the COVID-19 Lockdown & Solutions to Sustain Livelihoods' (released on 20th April, 2020). The report has been prepared by Centre for Pastoralism with inputs from the Himachal Ghumantu Pashupalak Mahasaba (Himachal Pradesh), Van Panchayat Sangharsh Morcha (Uttarakhand), WASSAN (Telangana), Centre for People’s Collective and ANTHRA (Maharashtra), URMUL and Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan (Rajasthan), Sahjeevan (Gujarat) & Indigenous Livestock Society.
f. Please click here and here to access the essay collection entitled 'Borders of an Epidemic: COVID-19 and Migrant Workers', edited by Prof. Ranabir Samaddar, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, 2020.
g. Please click here to access the key findings of the rapid assessment survey report entitled 'Taking Stock: Assessing Distribution and Distress in Gurugram during the COVID-19 Lockdown' (released on 26th April, 2020). Kindly click here to access the action research report by Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch.
h. Please click here to access the key findings of the report entitled 'Unlocking the Urban: Reimagining Migrant Lives in Cities Post-COVID 19' (released on 1st May, 2020). Please click here to access the full report by Aajeevika Bureau.
2. Extent of internal and external migration
a. Chinmay Tumbe, economist and Assistant Professor at IIM Ahmedabad, interviewed by Seema Chishti, The Indian Express, 30th March, 2020, please click here to access.
b. Migrant workers distrust a state that does not take them into account -Partha Mukhopadhyay and Mukta Naik, The Indian Express, 31st March, 2020, please click here to read.
c. Please click here to access the 'Report of the Working Group on Migration' (released in January 2017), prepared under the chairpersonship of Prof. Partha Mukhopadhyay (Centre for Policy Research), Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
d. Virus and the migrant: India-Gulf region is second largest migration corridor, must not be blocked -S Irudaya Rajan & H Arokkiaraj, The Indian Express, 17th March, 2020, please click here to read.
e. Coronavirus: Indian labourers in GCC countries are in dire need of help, say experts -Varghese K George, The Hindu, 11th April, 2020, please click here to read.
f. Hans Timmer, World Bank's Chief Economist for South Asia, interviewed by Suhasini Haidar, The Hindu, 19th April, 2020. Please click here to read the interview and click here to access the World Bank report entitled 'South Asia Economic Focus, Spring 2020: The Cursed Blessing of Public Banks'.
3. Economic outlook post-COVID-19
c. Blog by Prof. R. Ramakumar, NABARD Chair Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, April 2020, please click here to read.
d. Recent reports predict gloomy days ahead for the overall economy, News alert by Inclusive Media for Change dated 18th April, 2020, please click here to access.
e. Please click here, here and here to access the key findings of the study entitled 'Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Agriculture and Food Security in India' (released on 20th May, 2020), which has been done by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA, Hyderabad), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI, New Delhi), and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (Boston).
4. Importance of social safety net, food security and cash transfers (DBTs)
a. What we should do about COVID-19 -P Sainath, Ruralindiaonline.org, 27th March, 2020, please here to read.
b. Covid-19 crisis calls for universal delivery of food and cash transfers by the state -Jayati Ghosh, Prabhat Patnaik and Harsh Mander, The Indian Express, 27th April, 2020, please click here to read.
c. Excess stocks of the Food Corporation of India must be released to the poor -Jean Drèze, The Indian Express, 9th April, 2020, please click here to read.
d. Please click here to access the response of civil society activists to the Finance Minister’s announcement of Rs 1.7 lakh crore package in the wake of COVID-19, Press releases by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha dated 26th March, 2020.
e. Covid-19: What can be done immediately to help vulnerable population -Reetika Khera, IdeasforIndia.in, 25th March, 2020, please click here to read.
f. Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, interviewed by Harikishan Sharma, The Indian Express, 28th October, 2019, please click here to read. This interview indicates the importance of portability of ration cards, which is beneficial for the migrants.
g. Survey team led by economist Jean Drèze finds the food distribution system in Jharkhand faulty, Press release by Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand chapter, dated 10th April, 2020, please click here to read.
5. Globalisation and coronavirus pandemic
a. How Global Agriculture Grew a Pandemic, Evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota, interviewed by Stephanie Bastek, 13th March, 2020, please click here and here to access.
b. Where did coronavirus come from, and where will it take us? An interview with Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu, 12th March, 2020, please click here to access.
c. E-commerce platforms: Corona Warriors or Disaster Capitalists? -Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chamy, 13th April, 2020, please click here to read.
d. No, the coronavirus is not responsible for the fall of stock prices -Éric Toussaint, mronline.org, 4th March, 2020, please click here to read.
e. The Exodus of Finance from the Third World -Prabhat Patnaik, Newsclick.in, 25th April, 2020, please click here to read.
f. “Chinese Virus,” World Market -Andrew Liu, nplusonemag.com, 20th March, 2020, please click here to read.
g. The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next? -Rutger Bregman, The Correspondent, 14th May, 2020, please click here to read.
a. Not just IAS and police, India’s Covid-19 fight must use panchayats and municipalities too -Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma, 31st March, 2020, please click here to read.
b. The key strategy is fiscal empowerment of States -M Govinda Rao, The Hindu, 22nd April, 2020, please click here to read.
c. Needed, greater decentralisation of power -Suhrith Parthasarathy, The Hindu, 9th April, 2020, please cick here to read.
d. Covid-19 will test, reshape the State -Yamini Aiyar, Hindustan Times, 22nd March, 2020, please click here to read.
e. Govt Knew Lockdown Would Delay, Not Control Pandemic -Nitin Sethi & Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Article-14.com, April 2020, please click here to read.
7. Health and statistics
a. COVID-19 state-wise data (updated daily) on confirmed cases (including foreign nationals), cured/ discharged/ migrated and deaths, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, website: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/. Other updates are also available.
b. Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports, World Health Organisation (WHO), please click here to access.
c. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news release, World Health Organisation (WHO), please click here to access.
d. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation, World Health Organisation (WHO), Visualisation map, website: https://covid19.who.int/
e. Coronavirus Resource Center, John Hopkins University & Medicine, Visualisation map, please click here to access.
f. Our World in Data: Research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems, Universty of Oxford, website: https://ourworldindata.org/
g. A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data - John PA Ioannidis, 17th March, 2020, Statnews.com, please click here to read.
h. Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now -Tomas Pueyo, Medium.com, 10th March, 2020, please click here to read.
i. Coronavirus (COVID-19) research compilation, JP Morgan, please click here to read.
8. Interviews, webinars and podcasts
a. Coronavirus Conversations, Scroll.in, please click here to access.
b. Transnational Institute's (TNI) weekly webinars in response to Covid-19, please click here to access.
c. Mitigating the Unequal Impact of Lockdown In India, Prof. Jayati Ghosh and Dr. Reetika Khera interviewed by Shrishti Malhotra, Theswaddle.com, 15th April, 2020, please click here to access.
d. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation, interviewed by Ananth Krishnan, The Hindu, 11th April, 2020, please click here to read.
e. Siddharth Chandra, Director of Asian Studies Center & Professor in Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University, interviewed by Sushant Singh, The Indian Express, 23rd March, 2020, please click here to read.
f. Peter Piot, Director of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, interviewed by Jay Walker, TEDMED Foundation/ The Telegraph, 19th March, 2020, please click here to read.
g. Webinars held by DBT/ Wellcome Trust India Alliance can be accessed from here. Other resources by India Alliance and its Grantees are also available.
9. Relevant blogs
a. Non Virus Deaths -Thejesh GN, please click here to access.
b. Are Distress Deaths Necessary Collateral Damage of Covid-19 Response?: The Experience of First Three Weeks of the Lockdown in India -Vikas Rawal, Karthik A Manickem and Vivek Rawa, Vikalp.ind.in, 15th April, 2020, please click here to read.
c. Impact of Covid-19 Policies in India, https://coronapolicyimpact.org/
d. Blog by Apurva Kumar, https://pubheal.wordpress.com/
e. Migrant Workers’ Resistance Map, https://mwsn.in/resistancemap/
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