Pooja Poddar Marwah

#Bounceback India

With no end in sight, what is to become of our Atmanirbhir economy? The fitness industry has collapsed overnight. Trips to the gym before or after work have now been replaced with more work or no work. For the ones who are lucky to still be holding onto their jobs, they are now on an overload. And for the ones who have been politely asked to rest at home, they are at a loss, mentally and physically.

Restaurants have shut doors too. The favourite college ‘bun maska wale bhaiye’ is tending to cattle in his village and taken to drinking cheap liquor in the day. The ‘samosa wala’ under the office building – the one who walked 200 kilometers to his village has no will power left in him to do anything. His anger and hatred towards the government is raging towards violence, slowly. Chefs, waiters, delivery boys, vendors have all returned back to their homeland, only to be informed that there is no requirement for them anymore.

And, what are they really going to do in their villages? How are they going to sustain their families in a place which has no opportunity to earn? Are we perhaps, in a way.. pushing them towards an exile of sorts? Are we even aware of the frustration that is slowly building up inside of them? Could we be actually giving rise to such a massive surge of unemployment, that these people will have no other choice but to resort to crime.

Theft, burglary, murder, rape.. Are you also noticing a slow yet gradual increase in the ratio? If the disparity between the rich and poor is allowed to get wider, wouldn’t we all be in yet another life threatening danger?

With India now “UNLOCKING”, people are wanting to return back to the hustle bustle of the cities that were once their home. They too want to limp back their lives into normalcy. And the big question is HOW? With the Country’s railway system shutting down for yet another month, how is a migrant from the village of Odisha going to reach his employer in Karnataka? How without an e-pass or any political influence, will he make the treacherousjourney of 1508 kms by road, fully aware that he will be traumatised in the same way he was whilst he was trying to return to his village.

In situations as grave as this, there is bound to be collateral damage but if that damage is the pulse of India, wouldn’t we all skip a heartbeat?

#Bounceback India is not only the story of recovery, but it is also a tale of HEALING!! And, we are all in it, together.

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